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Man critically injured in auto-pedestrian accident on I-15

By Jordan Ormond, | Updated - Feb 9th, 2019 @ 7:50pm | Posted - Feb 9th, 2019 @ 12:13pm

MURRAY — A 68-year-old man remained critically injured Saturday night after being hit by a semitruck earlier in the day on I-15 near the freeway's south interchange with I-215.

Police received a call at 11:07 a.m. reporting that a man was on I-15 near 6000 South, according to a statement from the Utah Highway Patrol. Troopers arrived a few minutes later, but when they got there, the man walked into traffic and was struck by a semitruck, UHP said.

The accident happened about 11:25 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the freeway near 6500 South, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Lawrence Hopper said.

Though the semitruck had slowed to around 20 mph before impact, the man suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital in "extremely critical condition," troopers reported.

"We're not sure why he was on the road," Hopper said. "That'll be part of our investigation."

Hopper said the driver of the semitruck was not injured and is cooperating with investigators.

All northbound lanes of I-15 were closed for nearly two hours after the impact, with some lanes reopening around 1 p.m. Officers are unsure why the man, who is from Murray, walked into traffic, but Utah Highway Patrol said they are concerned it might have been a suicide attempt.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Suicide prevention resources
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Crisis Hotlines

  • Utah County Crisis Line: 801-691-5433
  • Salt Lake County/UNI Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
  • Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386

Online resources

Know the warning signs
The following are warning signs of immediate risk. Call 911 if you or someone you know is experiencing the following:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill themself or talking of wanting to hurt or kill themself
  • Looking for ways to kill themself by seeking access to firearms, available pills or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary

    Additional Warning Signs:

  • Increased substance use
  • No reason for living, no sense of purpose in life
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Feeling trapped — like there's no way out
  • Hopelessness
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and society
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
  • Dramatic mood changes

    Courtesy of the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition

  • Contributing: Cara MacDonald,

    Jordan Ormond

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