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Whit Johnson ReportingAn off-road adventure took a dangerous turn Saturday when an SUV rolled nearly 200 yards down a hill. Five people are injured; two of them are children. Officials say they're lucky to be alive.
Witness Scott Huff said, "They were all just lying across the ground. It was pretty bad."
The wreck happened around noon in a remote area south of Saratoga Springs. All of those injured are expected to survive. But the Utah County Sheriff's Office says if the people in the SUV had not been wearing seat belts, their injuries could have been much worse. In fact, emergency crews initially thought the accident was fatal.
The group was driving a Ford Bronco, off-roading on a bumpy trail when the driver lost control, and the Bronco rolled down a hill. A small tree stopped the vehicle from rolling any farther.
Three people were taken to hospitals by helicopter. The other two were transported by ambulance.
A group of college students was in the area. They helped with some immediate first aid.
"We heard them calling for help," Huff said, "and they were waving a flag. So we went over there. When we got up to the hill there were about five or six people injured."
Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's Office explained, "The problem is it's very steep. The road is very rough and uneven, with a lot of loose material on the road."
The Utah County Sheriff's Office says they responded recently to another accident with similar circumstances in this same area.