3 still hospitalized after crash
The Utah Highway Patrol Thursday identified the victims of a vehicle crash that snarled traffic on U.S. 40 Tuesday morning and forced troopers to close westbound lanes for several hours.
Injured in the crash were Kamas resident Rhea Schomaker, 29, Schomaker’s 1-year-old baby and 58-year-old Joyce Shrock, of the Ogden area.
According to Park City Fire District spokeswoman Tricia Hurd, the women were flown via helicopters and the infant was transported in an ambulance for treatment at hospitals in Salt Lake City.
Schomaker was listed in serious condition and Shrock remained in critical condition this week, hospital spokespeople said. They reportedly suffered multiple injuries, including broken legs, ribs, a pelvic fracture and possible internal injuries.
"The baby was transported to [Primary Children’s Medical Center] in critical condition with possible head injuries," a UHP press release states.
The minor’s name was not released and a condition update was not available.
"Everybody’s going to survive," UHP Trooper Jeff Nigbur said.
Both women were wearing seatbelts and the infant was restrained in a safety seat when Shrock reportedly crossed the median into oncoming traffic while traveling eastbound on U.S. 40. Schomaker and the baby, who were traveling westbound, were struck head on, Nigbur said.
The crash occurred about three miles from Silver Creek Junction, the trooper added.
Westbound lanes were closed around 9 a.m. and traffic was diverted off U.S. 40 at S.R. 248 until noon.
According to Hurd, both drivers were extricated from their vehicles.
What caused Shrock to lose control of her minivan is still under investigation, Nigbur said Thursday.
Investigators don’t suspect alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.
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