ROOSEVELT, Utah, May 12, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A crash on State Route 40 sent two people to the hospital Saturday, one in extremely critical condition and the other in poor condition.
Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release that the collision happened at about 5:19 p.m., when a pickup truck driven by 26-year-old Cameron Martinez, of Roosevelt, was westbound on SR-40 near 1700 West.
“In that area, SR-40 has two eastbound and two westbound lanes, divided by a multi-purpose lane in the center of the roadway,” the release states.
“For an unknown reason, Martinez drifted off the right shoulder and over-corrected back to the left. This caused the pickup to yaw across both westbound lanes, across the multi-purpose lane, and into the path of an eastbound passenger car. The passenger car struck the pickup broadside in a T-bone style crash.”
Martinez was not wearing his seat belt and he was ejected out of the pickup’s passenger window.
He struck the passenger car’s windshield and was thrown into the roadway, the release says.
Martinez was flown by medical airplane to Intermountain Medical Center in extremely critical condition.
The female driver of the passenger car, whose name has not been released, was pinned because of the severity of the collision, and had to be extricated.
She was flown by medical helicopter to IMC in poor condition
Martinez had a 4-year-old passenger, who was restrained in a child’s car seat and only suffered minor injuries.
The UHP news release said, “Evidence gathered at the scene indicates that Martinez’s excessive speed may have contributed to the collision.”