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SUV driver critically injured in collision with semitruck

SUV driver critically injured in collision with semitruck

By Jennifer Stagg and McKenzie Romero | Posted - Oct. 18, 2012 at 10:10 p.m.


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MURRAY — A crash involving an SUV and a semitruck forced the closure of both I-15 exit ramps at 5300 South Thursday afternoon as emergency crews spent over an hour trying to get the SUV driver out of the wreckage.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Steven Winward said the woman's Toyota 4Runner was exiting northbound I-15 at 5300 South about 3:30 p.m. when the crash occurred.

A UHP trooper who witnessed the accident reported that the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed, went off the road, over a culvert, crossed eastbound traffic on 5300 South and became wedged underneath the truck, Winward said.

The female driver of the SUV had her daughter-in-law and two young children in the vehicle with her. The three of them were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver, however, was critically injured.Winward said it took more than an hour to reach her, and crews had to raise the dump truck and dismantle part of the 4Runner in order to remove her from the vehicle.

Crews also had to focus on cleanup before the road was cleared. Sand from the dump truck spilled during the accident, and wreckage from the 4Runner was scattered around the crash site.

Names of those involved have not been released.

Contributing: Jordan Ormond

Email: mromero@desnews.com

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