Park City police told of dump trucks failing to check brakes on steep road
There is a long history of accidents on route between upper Deer Valley, Old Town
The Park City Police Department logged at least three recent cases involving issues with trucks, including two reports of drivers who did not stop at a brake-check area between upper Deer Valley and Old Town.
The cases did not appear to have been generated through a special operation targeting trucks and instead seemed to have been part of everyday patrols.
The cases included:
- On Friday, Nov. 17, at 2:07 p.m., the police received information about a cement truck that reportedly did not stop at a brake-check area on S.R. 224 south of Old Town. The police were told the lapse in time between the sighting of the truck and the call to the department was one minute. Officers attempted to locate the truck, but public police logs did not provide details.
- On Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 3:01 p.m., a dump truck reportedly did not stop at a brake-check area on S.R. 224 south of Old Town. The person who contacted the police was unable to provide the name of the company since the name was “pretty worn off” from the vehicle, according to department logs.
- On Monday, Nov. 13, at 8:59 a.m., a police officer observed a dump truck carrying gravel driving on Marsac Avenue in the area of the Marsac Building, indicating the gravel “extended above the outer walls of the cargo compartment.” The officer stopped the vehicle, but public police logs did not provide details about whether the driver received a warning or a ticket.
The Police Department occasionally conducts special operations involving safety inspections of trucks. There have been repeated cases over the years of brakes failing on trucks on steep roads in Park City, most notably on the stretch of S.R. 224 between Old Town and upper Deer Valley. A truck-escape lane was eventually constructed along the road.
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