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Accident leaves car perched on embankment in Deer Valley

The police say a driver lost control and broke through guardrail

by Jay Hamburger
A traffic accident on Marsac Avenue left a car perched on a steep embankment on Wednesday. The police arrested the driver on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Another driver stopped the man from getting back inside the crashed vehicle, a witness said.
Courtesy of Alison Mars

A traffic accident on Wednesday evening left a car precariously perched on a steep embankment in Deer Valley, the Park City Police Department said.

The Police Department said a Nissan GT-R was driving southbound, the uphill direction, on Marsac Avenue at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control and hit a guardrail, breaking through the safety measure at a location between the Guardsman Connection and Empire Club Drive intersections, according to the Police Department. The police said the “vehicle was stuck with the front end hanging over the steep hillside.”

Phil Kirk, a police captain, said another driver swerved onto the road shoulder to avoid a collision with the Nissan.

The police arrested the driver of the Nissan, a 54-year-old man from Denver, on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Kirk said. A passenger was not injured and left with a friend after the police arrived.

Nobody was injured and a tow truck was called to remove the Nissan, Kirk said.

Alison Mars, who is from Miami and is renting a house in Deer Valley, said she and her husband were driving on the same road at the time of the accident. She saw the Nissan just before the accident and heard the noise of the collision with the guardrail.

Mars said her husband stopped their vehicle and got out to assist. She said her husband stopped the other driver when he attempted to get back into the Nissan. A photo from the scene provided by Mars shows three men gathered around the driver.

The Police Department said one lane of traffic on Marsac Avenue was closed for upward of one hour. There were minor delays as a result of the closure.

Marsac Avenue is an important route between the lower elevations of Park City and upper Deer Valley destinations like Silver Lake Village and Empire Pass.

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