CLINTON -- A 69-year-old Clinton woman was taken by helicopter to the University of Utah Hospital and Medical Center in Salt Lake City in critical condition Friday afternoon after striking a metal power pole.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending the notification of family.
The woman, who had to be extricated from the vehicle, hit the pole with such force it wrapped the mini-van she was driving around it, Clinton Police Lt. Dave Valentine said.
The impact caused an insulator on the pole to break, causing a power box to explode, which in turn created a small grass fire near the scene, Valentine said.
Upon their investigation of the scene no skid marks from the van were found, Valentine said of the incident that occurred at about 1:20 p.m. Friday.
The woman was traveling north on 2000 West, near 1000 North, when she "veered" off to the west side of the road, hitting the metal utility pole, Valentine said.
The posted speed along that stretch of 2000 West is 45 mph.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation while police await a toxicology report and a vehicle inspection, Valentine said. But there was no sign of alcohol at the scene, he stressed.
The woman sustained multiple injuries in the crash, Valentine said.
Davis County Sheriff's Deputies, Utah Highway Patrol and Clinton Police and Fire responded to the scene.