Kamas man still in critical condition following ATV accident
Murlin VanTassell ran a red light and was struck by a car
An elderly Kamas man remains in critical condition after being struck by a car while riding a four-wheeler last Saturday.
According to Utah Highway Patrol Corporal Todd Johnson, a 68 year old Kamas woman was driving a van through the intersection of State Road 248 and State Road 32 and made a left turn through a yellow light. Murlin VanTassell, 83, drove his ATV through the red light from the opposite direction and impacted with the front of Simmons’ van.
VanTassell was airlifted from the scene to the LDS Hospital with severe trauma to his head and torso, Johnson said, adding that no one else was injured in the accident.
VanTassell’s son, Larry, said his father was still unconscious but appeared to be making progress and "getting along."
Johnson said there was no indication that alcohol was involved in the accident. "We are not sure why VanTassell ran the red light and have not yet issued him a citation due to his condition," he said, adding that Simmons did not break any traffic laws and will not be cited in the accident.
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