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Motorist credits 4-year-old daughter for survival after crash with semitruck

(Utah Department of Public Safety)

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LEHI — A man credits his 4-year-old daughter after he survived a crash that pushed him under a semitruck.

Jordan Peterson was headed north on I-15 near Lehi around 8 a.m. Monday when he was rear-ended, which pushed him into the car ahead of him and ultimately under the semitruck next to him.

The motorist that hit Peterson was reaching behind his seat to get something just as traffic started to suddenly slow down.

"I careened off of that truck and went into the lane right next to me. There was a semi, and I went under its trailer."

Peterson recalls what happened next.

"I remember being conscious under the semi, and feeling myself being pushed," Peterson said.

His windshield then shattered and showered him with glass.

"I got pinned between the trailer and the tires of the trailer and got drug a little ways,” Peterson said. "The skid marks under the semi were about 200 feet."

Trooper William Weaver of the Utah Highway Patrol, who was on the scene, explained how the accident took place.

I got pinned between the trailer and the tires of the trailer and got drug a little ways.The skid marks under the semi were about 200 feet.

–Jordan Peterson

"The tires were locked up, essentially grinding on the car itself to come to a stop,” Weaver said.

If a passenger had been in the car, they wouldn’t have been so lucky, but Peterson survived with glass cuts all over his body, seven broken ribs and a punctured lung that will heal.

"I was wearing my seat belt thanks to my 4-year-old daughter. She always reminds us to put our seat belts on," Peterson said.

Peterson admits he didn't always wear his seat belt, but several months ago, his eldest daughter, Quinlee, started to remind everyone to buckle up.

As it turns out, she's named after a friend of Peterson's who was killed in a car crash several years ago.

"She will not realize for a long time that she saved my life, but she did,” Peterson said.

The man following Peterson, whose car crashed into his, followed him to the hospital and stayed there with him for several hours to make sure that he was going to be OK.


Jed Boal


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