U.S. 40 crash UPDATE
UPDATE: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.
Schomaker was listed in serious condition and Shrock remained in critical condition this week, hospital spokespeople said.
“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.
Two women were flown via helicopters in critical condition to hospitals in Salt Lake City for treatment of injuries they sustained Tuesday in a traffic crash that occurred on U.S. 40 near Silver Summit, Park City firefighters say.
"It sounds like they’ll survive," Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Nigbur said.
The head-on collision occurred on U.S. 40 about three miles from Silver Creek Junction, Nigbur said.
At roughly 9 a.m., a woman driving a minivan on eastbound U.S. 40 crossed the median and struck a sport-utility vehicle traveling in an oncoming lane.
"We shut down S.R. 40 at 9:06 a.m.," Nigbur said, adding that westbound lanes were closed until noon.
The victims’ names were not released Tuesday afternoon and investigators were unsure why the woman lost control of the vehicle.
"We’re going to give her a couple days to get situated up at the hospital," Nigbur said.
The two drivers were wearing seatbelts and a 9-month-old child was restrained in a safety seat in the westbound vehicle, he added.
"Thankfully, nobody died," Nigbur said.
According to Park City Fire District spokeswoman Tricia Hurd, the child was transported via ambulance.
Both drivers were extricated from the vehicles, Hurd added.
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