2 major accidents in Weber County back up traffic

Tuesday , August 05, 2014 - 1:07 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

Two major accidents happened in the Weber County area Tuesday morning.

At 5:30 a.m., deputies from the Weber County Sheriff’s Office responded to a traffic accident in Farr West.

A red Chevy Sonoma was traveling eastbound on 2700 North near 2400 West when the truck drifted to the side of the road, hit the curb, then struck a guardrail on the bridge over the Willard Canal, according to witnesses.

The 38-year-old male driver is thought to have been reaching for something in his truck when the vehicle slide sideways. 

“The impact caused the top railing of the guardrail to penetrate the engine compartment, go through the driver’s compartment, and into the bed of the truck,” said Weber County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Lane Findlay.

The driver received a “significant” injury to his right leg from the rail. He was knocked to the side and pinned against the frame as the rail pierced the seat and through cab, according to Findlay. He was extricated from the vehicle and transported to McKay-Dee Hospital in stable condition with leg and hip injuries.

Emergency responders spent several hours on scene clearing the area of the heavily damaged truck that leaked automobile fluids into the Weber Canal. In addition to the damaged guardrail, there was also damage to the new canal walkway that was recently installed. Traffic was reduced to one lane during the clean-up.

A representative from the Health Department arrived to assess the hazmat situation and efforts are currently underway to contain the spill, Findlay said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The second accident occurred at 1900 West and 12th Street in Marriott-Slaterville, at 6:22 a.m.

A black Kia Spectra was traveling east on 12th Street approaching the traffic light at 1900 West when a red Chevy Aveo headed west turned left onto 1900 West in front of the Spectra.

The vehicles hit head-on in the intersection, according to Findlay.

There were three occupants in the Spectra, including a two week-old infant.

“The first arriving deputies reported being relieved when they arrived on scene and could hear the sound of a crying baby because there was such severe damage to both vehicles,” Findlay stated.

He reported the infant had been in a car seat in the back of the car and did not suffer from any significant injuries. The 22-year-old mother, who was in the back seat with the baby, suffered a possible broken arm, as she was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown into the seat in front of her upon impact. The 25 year-old father, who was driving, was wearing a seat belt and suffered a broken nose. All three were transported to the Ogden Regional Medical Center, and have since been released.

The 23-year-old female driver of the Aveo was uninjured.

Traffic through the intersection was delayed for several hours. The cause of this accident is still under investigation.

“These two accidents offer several good reminders to all of us; always pay attention to the road while you’re driving, always make sure your children are properly secured in their car seats and boosters, and always wear your seat belt.”

Contact reporter Morgan Briesmaster at 801-625-4268 or mbriesmaster@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @SE_mbriesmaster. Like her Facebook page at http://facebook.com/SEMorganBriesmaster.

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