UTA bus collides with SUV

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OGDEN — A Utah Transit Authority bus collided with a SUV Wednesday, sending both vehicles into the front yard of a nearby residence and the two drivers to the hospital.

The accident happened about 5:50 a.m. at the intersection of 25th Street and Harrison Boulevard. Witnesses told police that the bus did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection, said Ogden Police Lt. Danielle Croyle.

The impact from the crash sent both vehicles into the front yard of a residence on the southeast corner of the intersection, damaging a retaining wall and "barely missing the home," Croyle said.

"Both vehicles were totaled," Croyle said.

The drivers from each vehicle had to be extricated before being taken to a local hospital. Both were transported in critical conditions, according to police. The UTA driver, however, was later determined only to have minor injuries. He was treated at a hospital and later released.

An updated condition on the driver in the SUV was not immediately available.

The bus, an express route from Ogden to Salt Lake City, was just starting its run and did not have any passengers on board, said UTA spokesman Gerry Carpenter.

Croyle said there were no signs of impairment by either driver. The investigation was ongoing and no citations had been issued.

The bus involved in the accident was driving route 473, the Ogden to Salt Lake express that runs along the east side of Weber and Davis counties. On Feb. 21, a bus driving the same route, with a different driver, hit and killed prominent Salt Lake businessman Richard Wirick, 82, as he was crossing the street.

Both accidents remained under investigation Wednesday. Carpenter said part of the investigation by UTA will look at whether there were any common factors in the accidents, other than the route, that can be prevented from happening again.




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