Crash victims escape unscathed
December 7, 2005
A traffic crash that involved two vehicles near Kimball Junction frustrated Snyderville Basin commuters Monday morning as traffic backed up for about an hour as officers cleared the scene.
According to Utah Highway Patrol trooper Steve Leatham, a 26-year-old Kamas woman driving a Dodge Durango struck a Chevrolet Tahoe after running a red light at the intersection of Ute Boulevard and S.R. 224. She was charged with failure to yield. "It happens every now and again and quite often there," Leatham said. "My witness said the light was red all the way. She was behind the Durango & she kept thinking, ‘is she going to stop, is she going to stop, she’s going to hit that car.’"
The Durango was traveling southbound toward Park City around 8:05 a.m. when it struck the front passenger door of the westbound Tahoe in the intersection, Leatham said, adding that no one was injured in the crash.
The Kamas woman was alone in the vehicle and a 43-year-old Park City woman was driving the Tahoe with her 13-year-old daughter in the passenger seat, the trooper said. All three were reportedly wearing seatbelts. "We had several lanes blocked off. We were allowing one lane of southbound S.R. 224 to go through," Leatham said
Cars exiting Interstate 80 onto the highway were delayed as were drivers coming from the Bitner Road area. "As soon as we got out of the road, it cleared up pretty fast," Leatham said.
Meanwhile, troopers were breathing a sigh of relief Friday morning after a near miss with a semi-trailer on U.S. 40. UHP Sgt. Chip Blair was investigating a van rollover in the highway median when a semi-truck came over the hill near the Jordanelle Reservoir, about a mile from the Summit County line. "The semi lost control and the trailer spun around," Blair said, adding that the left-lane was partially blocked at the time and a snowplow was parked near his patrol car. "The semi-trailer hit the plow." "It pushed that plow probably 30 feet and into the median," Blair said, adding that the crashes took about an hour to clear. The snowplow driver was standing next to Blair at the time and no one was injured in either crash, the officer added. "If that plow wouldn’t have been there I think that trailer would have come right around broadside and right down on us," Blair said, adding that the trailer was spinning counter clockwise. — Patrick Parkinson