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Drivers Still Speeding in Spanish Fork Canyon

Drivers Still Speeding in Spanish Fork Canyon

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Sam Penrod reportingSome drivers are still putting the pedal to the metal around a notorious curve on Highway Six in Spanish Fork Canyon. It's the same place that saw a spectacular crash, fire, and explosion just six days ago.

"The road itself is not a problem. It's the attitude of the drivers," authorities say.

The Highway Patrol blames last Wednesday's crash on the truck driver going too fast through the canyon.

But has the crash had any effect on other drivers as they travel through the canyon?

The explosion left quite an impression on the road, and Highway Patrol troopers hope the crash will leave an impression on drivers about the dangers of speeding.

But Monday night in the same area of the crash, we found drivers going 80 miles per hour.

UHP Trooper: "You got it. Dead on 80 miles per hour. Why you going so fast to get there?"

Highway Patrol trooper Brett Christiansen sees it all the time. Drivers on Highway Six who are going well beyond the speed limit.

Sgt. Brett Christiansen: "THey take chances they shouldn't take. And in doing so, they endanger not only themselves but everyone out on the highway as well."

Troopers do their best to patrol Highway Six, but seem to end up spending more time investigating accidents in the canyon, that are usually the direct result of speeding or people passing illegally.

Sgt. Brett Christiansen: "People tend to think that they are able to control their vehicle. They overestimate their own abilities of the vehicle and they seem to think they can handle driving a lot faster than they safely can."

Last Wednesday, a semi driver transporting a load of explosives took a 40 mile an hour curve at well beyond the speed limit. The truck crashed, the load ignited and exploded, ripping apart the truck and the highway.

While this accident is getting a lot of attention, the majority of crashes in the canyon don't, but many involve serious injury or death.

Sgt. Brett Christiansen: "It seems like just about everybody we run into has an excuse for what they've done or what happened. Very few people want to take personal responsibility."

And while troopers can issue tickets, they say it is up to each driver to be careful, for the sake of everyone on the road.

Sgt. Brett Christiansen: "Glad to see you are wearing seatbelts. That's something we're always looking for. Keep doing that. Just keep a better eye on your speed. Thanks a lot and have a good day."

The Utah County attorney's office is still reviewing the Highway Patrol report from the semi crash. They are looking at possible charges against the truck driver for speeding, reckless driving and causing a catastrophe.

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