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Man critically injured after car crashes into building, tree, pole in Salt Lake City

By Carter Williams and Jacob Klopfenstein, | Updated - Mar 14th, 2019 @ 4:10pm | Posted - Mar 14th, 2019 @ 2:56pm

SALT LAKE CITY — A 22-year-old man was critically injured after the car he was driving collided with a building, tree and power pole Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Emergency crews responded to a report of a crash near 900 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City fire officials said. The agency first tweeted about the crash shortly after 2 p.m.

About 2 p.m., The man was coming off I-15, exiting at 900 S. West Temple at a high speed, Salt Lake police Detective Robert Ungricht said.

He crossed three or four northbound lanes of traffic before hitting the building, Ungricht said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Ungricht said. It was not clear if the man was wearing a seatbelt, and it was not clear if impairment was a factor in the crash, he added. Ungricht also did not know if the man suffered a medical issue before crashing.

No other people were involved or injured in the crash, Ungricht added. There was only one car involved, he said. The man was taken to a local hospital after the crash.

At the time of the crash, nobody was in the building, which appears to be abandoned, Ungricht said.

Officials said traffic was being diverted from the intersection of 900 South and West Temple.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated the man's age as 30 years old. This story has been corrected to state the correct age.

Contributing: John Perry, KSL TV

Carter Williams
Jacob Klopfenstein

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