Police looking at possible impairment in downtown 4-vehicle bus crash

Four people were injured Thursday in a four-vehicle crash involving a bus at 300 W. North Temple. Police said they are investigating whether impairment is the cause of the crash.

Four people were injured Thursday in a four-vehicle crash involving a bus at 300 W. North Temple. Police said they are investigating whether impairment is the cause of the crash. (Laurent Passe)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police now believe impairment may have played a role in a downtown four-vehicle crash Thursday that involved a Utah Transit Authority bus.

At the intersection of 300 West and North Temple, a Toyota Camry ran a red light on 300 West about 4:15 p.m. and crashed into the bus, according to police. The impact form the collision caused the bus, which was heading east on North Temple, to hit two other vehicles stopped at the light on 300 West.

"In total, the crashes resulted in four people being injured, including the driver of the Camry, the bus driver and two bus passengers," according to a statement from police.

The driver of the Camry, a male, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. No other information about that driver has yet been released. Initially it was believed, based on witness statements, that the Camry driver may have suffered a medical episode prior the crash.

"However, based on the progression of the investigation, (police are) now investigating the driver of the Camry for impaired driving," police said Friday.

No arrests have been made. The crash remains under investigation.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News

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