5 injured after 3 cars collide in Magna


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake County officials say five people, including a 5-year-old girl, have been hospitalized after a car trying to avoid a bale of hay on a Magna road collided with two other vehicles.

Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Barker says two vehicles crashed head-on at 2820 S. Fetzer Dr. (7520 West) at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday as the vehicle driven by the girl's mother tried to swerve around the hay, which had fallen while being unloaded from a parked truck on the side of the road. Another car then rear-ended the mother's vehicle.

Sheriff's officials say that the girl and her mother were critically injured. Three others also suffered serious injuries.

Utah Highway Patrol trooper Jason Hunter says a flag had been posted to direct traffic around the bale. Barker says officials don't believe speeding was a factor and that the road was dark, as was the hay.

Barker also says the district attorney's office would determine whether any charges would be filed.

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Story compiled with contributions from the Associated Press and the Deseret News.


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