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8 teens injured, 2 critically, after Wednesday crash in Carbon County, authorities say

By Jacob Klopfenstein, | Posted - Aug 9th, 2019 @ 10:31am

PRICE, Carbon County — Two youths suffered critical injuries after a rollover crash that took place in a recreation area near Price on Wednesday evening, authorities say.

The crash took place about 8 p.m. Wednesday on a dirt road near Pinnacle Peak, about 5 miles west of Price, Carbon County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Whitney Coonrod told on Friday.

Eight youths, between the ages of 16 and 18, were in a Chevrolet Tahoe in the area, according to Coonrod. The group of friends was on their way to the mountains to go for a ride, she added.

At some point, the Tahoe rolled and fuel spilled out, causing the car to catch fire, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. The car was engulfed in flames when first responders arrived, officials said.

Fire crews put out the blaze and medical personnel treated the victims. All eight were transported to a local hospital. Six were treated and released, but two were transferred to another facility in critical condition, officials said.

Coonrod did not have any updates on the conditions of the injured youths. She did not know their exact ages or genders, and she did not identify them.

No drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash and no citations were issued, officials said. Investigators were still working to determine the cause of the crash as of Friday, Coonrod said.

Crews with the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, Price Fire Department, Utah Highway Patrol and Carbon County Ambulance responded to the crash.

“The sheriff’s office would like to take this opportunity to remind the public when incidents happen and agency response is needed please stay clear of the road and access to the scene,” the sheriff’s office said in the Facebook post. “While we know that the public means well, it can hinder the response if access is limited."

Jacob Klopfenstein

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