Car crashes into water; 2 teens trapped then rescued

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PARLEY'S CANYON -- Two teenagers are recovering from a car crash in Parley's Canyon that nearly left them underwater late Tuesday night.

Just before 11 p.m. the car was traveling along westbound Interstate 80 near mile marker 131, just a few miles west of Mountain Dell Reservoir, when it crashed into a ravine full of water. The car was partially submerged, and the two teens inside were trapped.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Cameron Roden says they were in chilly water for at least an hour.

"It took crews a little bit to find it, but when they did it took a little bit of time for extrication just because it was difficult for people to get down to them," Roden explained.

Crews had to remove the entire roof of the car to get the teens out.

Sam Lamb, 19-year-old driver, was flown to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray with serious injuries. He has since been upgraded to fair and is expected to be released sometime Wednesday.

His passenger, a 16-year-old Lina Nguyen, was flown to the University of Utah Medical Center in serious to critical condition.

Troopers say speeding likely caused the accident.


Story compiled with contributions from Andrew Adams and Nicole Gonzales.


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