Driver flown to hospital after 2-hour extrication from semi in Riverton

The driver of a semi was flown to the hospital early Thursday afternoon after a two-hour extrication by crews in Riverton. Photo: Gephardt Daily/SLC Scanner

RIVERTON, Utah, April 6, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The driver of a semi was flown to the hospital early Thursday afternoon after a two-hour extrication by crews in Riverton.

Unified Fire Authority spokesman Taylor Sandstrom said the incident happened at 14340 S. Autumn Crest Blvd. (4000 West), which runs parallel to Mountain View Corridor, when an eastbound semi carrying cars rolled onto the driver’s side at approximately 10:35 a.m.

Crews arrived and rapidly extricated the passenger, who was transported to an area hospital in fair condition by ground ambulance, Sandstrom said. However, because of the size, weight and position of the rolled semi, it took crews more than two hours to extricate the driver.

He was then transported to the University of Utah hospital by AirMed in serious condition.

Sansdstrom said it’s not yet clear what contributing factors caused the semi to roll, or what speed the driver was travelling.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.

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