Vehicle crashes into Logan River

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LOGAN — Two men escaped a crash unscathed in Logan Canyon Friday morning after their car rolled into the Logan River.

The men were shaken up but were able to walk away without any serious injuries. One of the men is from Salt Lake; the other was visiting from Houston. They said they were headed to Beaver Creek Lodge to hang out for the day when they hit a slick patch of road.

"And came around this curve back here behind me a little too fast for the conditions and didn't realize how slick the road was and lost control," Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cade Brenchley said.

When the driver lost control on the windy road, the car landed in the Logan River.

"They ended up right-side up at the end of the roll. They had to flag passers-by down to get a ride out of the canyon," Brenchley said.

Some Logan residents, like Dillan Stracke, who's lived here his entire life, said they avoid driving in Logan Canyon during the winter.

"When you do drive through it you'll see cars sliding off the road. It's miserable," Stracke said.

Nicole Pederson, also a Logan resident, said that the fact there aren't any guardrails along some stretches makes the driving experience even more frightening.

But other Logan residents like Shellie Pilkington say people just have to be a little more cautious when driving in the canyon.

"Because you get into a shadow and the ice will pop up and pretty much you're screwed on some of those corners," Pilkington said.

According to UDOT, in the last two years it has spent about $1 million to improve safety in the canyon by adding rumble strips, signage, and guardrails in the most dangerous areas.

Drivers who wreck could be cited for traveling too fast for conditions, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.


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