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WEST JORDAN — A father and two daughters were injured in an accident between a van and a semitruck in Mountain View Corridor in West Jordan Saturday morning, police said.
Saturday morning, a van was traveling east on 7800 South in West Jordan at the same time as a semitruck with an empty trailer was traveling north on Mountain View Corridor, according to officer Scott List of West Jordan Police Department.
According to witnesses at the scene, the van ran a red light at the intersection of these two roads, striking the rear end of the trailer and jackknifing the truck, List said. The van spun after the collision, ejecting a 12-year-old female passenger from the front passenger seat, according to List.
The 12-year-old girl was flown to Primary Children's Hospital in critical condition, but was later updated to stable, List said. The girl's father — the driver of the van — was transported by ground to Intermountain Medical Center in stable condition. The van also contained a 10-year-old girl sitting in the back, who was transported by personal vehicle to Intermountain Medical Center in stable condition, according to List.
No injuries were reported to the driver of the semitruck. There were no immediate indications of impairment in either driver, List said, but the investigation remains ongoing.
According to List, it appeared as though the seat belt for the 12-year-old ejected from the van was buckled at the time of the crash, though he could not say with certainty whether it was done so correctly.
Police urged caution in a season of extra traffic on the road and distractions that might come easily.
"It was a very violent crash with a lot of momentum," List said, adding that people should pay extra attention to the traffic situation around them.
Contributing: Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Nkoyo Iyamba