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Drunk driver causes five car pile-up

Sarah Moffitt, The Park Record

Five cars were involved in an accident late Tuesday night when a drunk driver drove the wrong way on the Interstate 80 on-ramp near Silver Creek Junction.

According to Utah Highway Patrol Corporal Todd Johnson, shortly after midnight on June 20, John Carlile, 57, from Montrose, California, was driving under the influence of alcohol on U.S. 40 and drove the wrong direction onto the westbound I-80 on-ramp and hit a car head on.

"After hitting the first vehicle, the suspect then hit a second car, a truck, which became pinned against the wall," Johnson said. "Three other cars turning the corner and entering the on-ramp crashed into each other and the vehicles that were already stopped on the ramp."

Johnson said that Carlile was transported to a hospital in the Park City area and immediately released. He was then booked into jail. He is being charged with driving under the influence and causing bodily injury, failure to operate in lane of travel, driving the wrong way and having an open alcohol container in his vehicle.

The other drivers involved in the accident sustained minor injuries, according to Johnson, but no one was transported to the hospital. Sections of the on-ramp were closed for several hours after the accident but Johnson said traffic was only minimally impacted.