Crash puts 2 in hospital, neighbors caution of dangerous road

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CACHE COUNTY -- A crash Friday night sent two teenagers to the hospital.

Police say that although the accident is still under investigation, the 16-year-old male driver may have misjudged his speed before crashing into a tree. The teens were trapped after the crash and firefighters had to remove the roof of the car to get the two out of the wreckage. Their current condition is unknown.

The road, 200 South in Cache County, is well-known among young drivers, as when combined with speed, cars can be jumped off of the road's rises. The speed limit is marked at 25 miles per hour, though the driver involved in Friday's crash was going 65 miles per hour.

Those living and those patrolling on the street say that the reckless driving that happens on the road makes crashes inevitable.

"With the road conditions itself, if you get going too fast, you can lose control, like what happened last night," said Officer Gary Bunce of North Park Police. "There's been several people caught speeding down this roadway, sometimes in excess of 40 miles an hour."

Neighbors say drivers of all ages speed on this road every day, but it's the young ones who do it on purpose.

"Because it's narrow and it's a little steep, kids like to go as fast as they can to get airtime," said resident Bruce Axtell. "It happens often."

"We'll be here outside in the summertime and at night, they'll try it two or three times to see who can get the furthest."

A small bridge at the bottom of the hill serves as a launching pad for cars that hit it at a high rate of speed. According to police, despite the number of speeders, crashes on the road are rare. The last one was two years ago, when a teenage girl drove through Axtell's fence.

Police say that because of the number of complaints they get about speeders on that stretch of road, they do extra patrols there. Neighbors would like to see speed bumps at the top of the hill or just see the road flattened as further precautions.


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