ROY — A small plane crashed near I-15 in Weber County Sunday afternoon, injuring three people, officials say.
KSL first heard reports of the crash about 3:30 p.m. near the area of 4450 S. 1500 West in Roy. The light plane hit a billboard near the side of the freeway and crashed, UHP said.
Officials say the plane had just taken off at Ogden-Hinckley Airport and the crash occurred just a half-mile away.
The two occupants of the plane were transported to area hospitals in critical condition; one via medical chopper and the other by ambulance, according to Roy police officer Stuart Hackworth. A bystander was also transported to the hospital in stable condition after inhaling smoke while helping those involved in the crash.
"(I) ran out, hopped the fence pretty dang quick and I was about the second or third person on scene," said Scott Miller, who lives near the airport.
Miller said this is not the first time he's seen a plane crash near his home. When he arrived at the scene he saw the plane's wings were on fire and his wife brought fire extinguishers from their home to help the two occupants before officials arrived.
"We do initially appreciate assistance from the public," Hackworth said. "And then once we arrive on scene, we greatly appreciate their cooperation in letting us and emergency medical personnel do our jobs."
A KSL viewer sent us a photo of damage caused by the crash and video of several bystanders responding to the small plane on the side of the road.
Southbound I-15 near 31st Street was closed for a time due to the crash but has reopened.
Officials are still investigating the cause of the crash; however, preliminary information shows the plane might have been a flight school airplane.
Contributing: Tania Dean, KSL TV