NORTH OGDEN -- Two people suffered minor injuries after the pickup truck they were traveling in rolled near the top of the North Ogden Divide, spreading cans of paint, ladders and other debris and temporarily closing the road.
The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, said Weber County Sheriff's Sgt. Josh Gard.
The gray full-size pickup, used as a painter's truck for a business, was traveling eastbound between North Ogden and Liberty. Just east of the top of the divide, on the Liberty side, the vehicle left the road. The driver overcorrected and came back onto the road briefly before going off the right side of the road, rolling at least once and ending up on its top, Gard said.
The two occupants of the vehicle were taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden. The driver was 23-year-old Julio Florez, of Clearfield. The passenger was 40-year-old Guillermo Cortes, of Ogden. The two are employees of a painting business.
The driver and passenger told deputies they were wearing their seat belts.
"Both occupants suffered some minor injuries," Gard said. "They're really lucky."
No citations were issued, but "the preliminary investigation would suggest speed" was a factor, Gard said, adding that accidents on the divide tend to increase in the summer.
The cab of the pickup was almost completely flattened in the accident.
"There was a lot of paint and materials in the bed of the truck, so there was quite a bit of paint on the road, and other debris," Gard said.
The North Ogden Divide road was closed in both directions for 30 to 45 minutes, then restricted to a single lane "for a couple of hours," Gard said.