Three-car Layton accident injures family of 5, leaves 1 critical

Sunday , August 03, 2014 - 10:58 PM

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By CIMARON NEUGEBAUER Standard-Examiner staff

LAYTON — A drowsy driver sent a family of five from Weber County to the hospital, leaving one in critical condition after a crash Sunday afternoon.

A 27-year-old driver headed north on U.S. 89 was seen by witnesses drifting into oncoming traffic around 2:25 p.m. near the intersection of Oak Hills Drive, according to Layton police Sgt. Kyle Schroeder.

The driver hit an oncoming car headed south at an angle and that car pushed into a second southbound vehicle.

The 51-year-old male driver of the first southbound vehicle was transported with critical injuries to a local hospital after the jaws of life were used to cut him out of the car. He suffered injuries to his legs and back. The remaining passengers, his wife and three children, were all taken to the hospital as well with minor injuries. 

There were only minor injuries to the drowsy driver, Schroeder said, noting there were no indications of any other kind of impairment. The man was issued a citation for driving left of center. The third vehicle involved suffered only minor damages with no injuries to its occupants. 

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