NEW INFORMATION: Crash sends 6 people to hospital

NEW INFORMATION: Crash sends 6 people to hospital

SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A violent collision sent six people to the hospital Saturday night.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A violent collision sent six people to the hospital Saturday night.

Police responded to an area near State Route 73 and 800 West in Saragota Springs.

Below is a news release issued by the Saratoga Springs Police Department:  

At about 9:30pm on May 18, 2013, officers and medical crews were dispatched to the area of 1200 W. SR-73 in Saratoga Springs (this is approximately two miles west of the Saratoga Springs Crossroads intersection).

Upon arrival, officers discovered three (3) vehicles had been involved in a significant motor vehicle collision. The on-scene preliminary investigation determined a pick-up truck, which was traveling westbound on SR-73, had crossed-over the center lane of travel, into oncoming traffic (EB) on SR-73.  

The pick-up collided into a mini-van being occupied by two people. As a result of the crash, the mini-van rolled and subsequently ejected the driver. The driver and passenger were later transported by ground crews to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Immediately following the first collision, the pick-up then struck an SUV, also in a partial head-on type collision. As a result of this crash, a child being restrained in a child safety seat, was transported to a SL area pediatric hospital by LifeFlight ®, also having sustained serious injuries. The other two occupants were taken by ground to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  

Due to the force of the collisions, the young adult, male driver of the pick-up truck was pinned inside the cab of his vehicle for a short time. SSFD crews who responded to the scene utilized life-saving extrication equipment to free the driver. The driver was taken by AirMed ® to an area hospital for treatment of critical injuries. In all, six (6) patients were taken by air or ground to a hospital.

As a result of the nature of the crash, SSPD officers also employed the services of the SSPD Major Accident Investigations Team- in addition to a request for assistance from the UHP Major Accident Investigations Unit. Both teams utilized specialized equipment to reconstruct the scene and to further determine possible contributing factors in this accident.  

At the time of this informational release, SR-73 has been re-opened following a nearly four (4) hour investigation and reconstruction. Investigators state that they will be also checking to see whether alcohol, drugs, and/or distracted driving may have played a role as a contributing factor in this crash. However, due to the scene’s complexity, completion of this investigation may take several weeks.  We send our thoughts and well-wishes to all those involved and impacted by this unfortunate incident.

Source: Cpl. Matt Brownlee, City of Saratoga Springs Police Department



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