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Driver hospitalized after semitruck loses brakes in Parleys Canyon, crashes into monument

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Driver hospitalized after semitruck loses brakes in Parleys Canyon, crashes into monument

By Carter Williams, KSL.com | Updated - Nov. 16, 2020 at 1:27 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 16, 2020 at 12:46 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — A driver of a semitruck was taken to a hospital Monday morning after the truck they were driving lost control and crashed into another truck. The truck continued all the way down the road and crashed into a plaza monument, authorities said.

The Utah Department of Transportation first reported the crash at 2300 East and 2100 South shortly after 9 a.m.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Nick Street said a semitruck was traveling west down Parleys Canyon when the truck's brakes stopped working. The vehicle struck another semitruck on its way down the canyon and continued onto Parleys Way.

Street said the out-of-control truck then struck "several objects" before it crashed into a monument of Latter-day Saint pioneer Parley P. Pratt by Parley's Plaza, which is by where Parleys Way blends into 2100 South.

Salt Lake City Fire Department officials tweeted that the driver of the truck was able to exit the vehicle with some assistance from firefighters and were taken to a hospital. Officials did not immediately provide the driver's condition or other details about the crash.

No other injuries were reported and the crash remains under investigation.

Pictures from the scene show the statue of Pratt was toppled in the crash. The statue, sculpted by Utah artist Ed Fraughton, was inspired by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' "Lasting Legacy Project" to celebrate the 150th anniversary of pioneers reaching the Salt Lake Valley, according to the Ensign Peak Foundation. It was installed and dedicated in that location in 1998.

It was unknown Monday if the statue could be repaired or what the cost of repair would be.

This story will be updated as soon as more information is made available.

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