When the driver of a pickup truck in Utah County was unable to “negotiate a curve” on a steep road, the sequence of events that followed nearly took the lives of all the occupants of the truck. According to Fox 13 Now, it was around 12:30 a.m. when the pickup truck left the road that runs just above Tibble Fork and went over the cliff. It then rolled approximately 100 yards down the mountain that sits just beside the roadway. The accident happened near Silver Lake Flat Reservoir nearby to some campers. They heard the crash and began yelling for help while others called 911.
The news outlet stated that there were six occupants in the truck at the time of the accident. Two had to be flown to a hospital via Life Flight, one reportedly in serious condition and the other in critical condition. Another person was transported by an ambulance to another hospital. The three remaining victims were treated at the scene of the accident and then released. Officials aren’t sure whether there were any other contributing factors that led to this horrific crash occurring, however, they were conducting an investigation to determine the cause.
13-Year-Old Killed in Truck Collision on Highway 89 in Utah County
Another serious accident occurred in Utah County on Sunday that was responsible for taking the life of a teen who was only 13 years old. According to KSL, a Kia Sedona being driven by a 31-year-old woman was traveling south on Highway 89 when it drifted into oncoming traffic. The Kia crashed head-on with a Ford F-150 pickup truck that was towing two recreational vehicles. Baylor Stout, 13, and his father were inside the Ford.
After the two vehicles collided, the truck rolled off the west side of the road and video footage showed a mangled Sedona sitting in the middle of the highway. When medics arrived, they transported the woman via medical helicopter to an area hospital with serious injuries. Baylor and his father were taken to the hospital via ambulance “in order to receive ongoing medical treatment which is not available during flight,” according to Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Andrew Battenfield.
Because drowsy driving has been compared to drunk driving, anyone who feels they are too tired to drive should refrain from doing so as it not only puts their life at risk but also all those traveling around them.
Sadly, Baylor was pronounced dead at the hospital, although his father did survive the accident despite the injuries he suffered. Battenfield reported that all three involved in the wreck were wearing their seatbelts and officials believe this accident may have occurred as a result of drowsy driving.
Drowsy driving has been claiming innocent lives for years now and continues to contribute to unsafe roadways. Drivers who are tired or feel they aren’t capable of safely operating a vehicle should refrain from getting behind the wheel of one. Had the driver who was allegedly driving drowsy done so, this teen would still be alive today.
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