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.


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

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