The dump truck was traveling down a steep grade on Eagle Ridge Drive in North Salt Lake when the braking system may have failed, officials said. The driver attempted to slow the truck by down-shifting the transmission, but was not able to slow the vehicle enough.
At the bottom of the hill, the truck crashed into a pickup truck sitting in a parking lot belonging to Bement & Co. Both the driver of the dump truck and a man inside the pickup truck were taken to the hospital with injuries.
The 45-year-old driver of the dump truck needed to be extricated from his vehicle, officials said. He received back and body injuries.
The man inside the pickup truck saw the runaway vehicle coming down the hill, but was not able to escape the area before it crashed. Officials said he sustained a broken pelvis.
Brent Bement saw the scene from inside his business and captured the aftermath on video. (VIDEO: Part 1 | Part 2)
Authorities were not immediately certain what caused the truck's brakes to fail, if they did at all. Officials said the vehicle was transporting dirt from a nearby excavation site.
This is the second accident involving a dump truck in as many days. On Tuesday, a dump truck drove off an overpass in Provo and landed on its roof. The driver of that truck later died from his injuries.
- Dump Truck Falls From Overpass, Driver Killed (Noah Bond - 2/19/2013)