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2 taken to hospital after semi and car collide

By Linda Williams and Courtney Orton, | Posted - Jan 17th, 2013 @ 12:37pm

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SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters used the jaws of life Thursday morning to free two men from a car that collided with a semi.

Just after 6:30 a.m., a semi and a car collided at 3110 S. 900 West when the semi was attempting a U-turn. The car ended up partially underneath the semi.

"These types of things, when it involves a semi, they're often highly technical," said Bt. Chief Jason Nicholl.

The vehicle struck the saddle tank on the semi, rupturing the tank. HAZMAT was called on scene to clear the gasoline.

Because of the extreme cold in the morning, hypothermia was a concern. Crews worked quickly to get the two men in the car, who were not wearing winter clothing, out of the elements.

Rescue crews cut the roof off of the pinned car and pulled out two men, who were taken to the hospital. Authorities believe neither suffered life-threatening injuries.

Traffic lanes in both directions were closed at 3100 South and 900 West.

Authorities reminded travelers to always carry winter clothing with them, in the event of an emergency.


Linda Williams
Courtney Orton

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