PARK CITY — A Utah Department of Transportation worker was in serious condition after a semitruck crashed into two UDOT vehicles that were working on a bridge on I-80 Thursday morning, authorities said.
Emergency crews responded to a report of a crash on the freeway near Jeremy Ranch Golf and Country Club at approximately 11 a.m., Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said.
Royce said the semitruck came "almost halfway" into the emergency lane of the I-80 westbound lane and struck two of three UDOT vehicles that were in the lane. The semitruck then came to a stop in an embankment off the freeway.
"When it hit the first one, a UDOT worker was standing outside of his truck in between (two UDOT trucks) and luckily it didn't pin him between the two vehicles. It moved the truck forward, hit (the UDOT employee) and, in theory, pin-balled him between the two trucks," Royce said. "He was laying down there when we arrived."
UDOT spokesman John Gleason identified the injured employee as Morgan McCarthey, who has been a UDOT employee for 12 years. Gleason said McCarthey was one of a few employees surveying a bridge near the scene of the crash.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family," the agency wrote in a tweet.
McCarthey was transported to University of Utah Hospital with serious injuries, Royce said. The injuries, which were to his lower body area, were not considered to be life-threatening.
No other injuries were reported. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Royce said troopers were interviewing the semitruck driver and also investigating to see if there were any mechanical issues with the truck.
"They look for anything that leads us to believe or gives us an indication of why they left their lane," Royce said. "We look at all possibilities when we're investigating a crash. We look at mechanical, we look at (the) driver (and) it can be any range of that."
Contributing: Paul Nelson