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Cars Collide; One Dead, Several Injured

Cars Collide; One Dead, Several Injured

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Sandra Yi reportingOne man is dead and several are injured after two cars collide at a downtown intersection.

The crash happened at the intersection of 800 South and West Temple around 10:30 Saturday morning.

Witnesses told police a cab was going south when it collided with a car going east. One man was killed and his passenger seriously hurt.

Johnny Cagle/ Witness: "Right when I looked out the window, I heard it and then I ran out the door and ran over there."

Witnesses saw an horrific crash scene.

A taxi cab and a grey Honda had collided. Witnesses say the driver of the Honda was barely alive. Cagle tried to comfort him until help arrived.

Johnny Cagle: "I don't know if he heard me. Like I said, 'Hang in there, buddy. Help is on the way. It's going to be alright.' Trying to give him some good words."

The man died shortly afterwards. An e.m.t. on her way to work tried to revive him.

Tammy Brown/ Witness: "The driver was laying back with his head between the seats and not making a breath. So I tried to establish an airway, get a pulse. I couldn't find anything."

Johnny Cagle: "I reached in and I felt for a pulse, and I felt it. Then as I was feeling it, he kind of coughed and that was it."

Another man in the car was clinging to life. He suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Johnny Cagle: "The passenger, he was kind of making gurgling sounds. I don't know if he was conscious or on the verge of being unconcious."

Witnesses say the cab may have run a red light. They say it broadsided the Honda. The impact was so strong, the Honda's stereo speakers were blown out of the car.

Both cars also spun out of control, and hit a truck waiting at the light. That car's driver was also injured.

Witnesses say it's a tragedy words can't describe.

Tammy Brown: "I did what I could, and all these people around here did what they could."

The driver of the cab was not injured. There were two passengers in the cab that suffered minor injuries.

Police are still investigating who was at fault and charges are pending.

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