Troopers kept busy by crashes
January 6, 2007
Three people were taken in critical condition to hospitals in Salt Lake City Thursday after a Saturn van and a Cadillac, which was traveling toward Park City, were involved in a t-bone-type crash on State Road 248 near Brown’s Canyon Road, authorities say.
"The [Saturn] is the one that supposedly left its lane and hit this car, but it’s still under investigation," Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Preston Raban said.
"The only information they had was from a 20-year-old male who said that they were coming along the hill and the green Saturn lost control and slid over into their lane."
The 20-year-old and a pregnant teenager who was riding in the Cadillac were transported from the scene via ambulance in critical condition, Raban said, adding that the male driver of the car wasn’t seriously injured in the crash.
"We don’t know who caused the accident because it was a head on," said Raban, who did not release the names of those involved in the wreck. "All of them were kind of kooky and they couldn’t think straight."
The woman driving the Saturn, who was also in critical condition, was taken to a hospital in Salt Lake City, said Ray Huntzinger, a battalion chief with the Park City Fire District.
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"One vehicle was hit in the side and one was head on," Huntzinger said.
Following a separate crash Friday near Tollgate Canyon in North Summit a Salt Lake County man complained he could not feel his legs when his Ford pickup truck went off South Forest Meadow Road in the rural subdivision around 12:30 p.m.
"It landed at the bottom of an embankment about 100 feet from the road," Summit County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Greg Winterton said, adding that the patient was transported to Salt Lake City for treatment.
Meanwhile, no serious injuries were reported Thursday when a man driving a large sport-utility vehicle struck a power pole near S.R. 224 and Silver Springs Drive, Raban said.
"That vehicle that hit the pole was banged up but the guy walked away no problem," he said, adding, "the guy slid into that pole and that was it."
According to Huntzinger, electricity in the area was out because of the crash, which involved another car and snarled midday traffic between Kimball Junction and Park City around 12:10 p.m.
"Traffic signals were knocked out," said Tricia Hurd, a spokeswoman for the Park City Fire District. "The power was flickering before we were dispatched."