CRESCENT JUNCTION, Utah, Nov. 26, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A 10-year-old boy was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition after a crash on Interstate 70 near Crescent Junction early Sunday morning.
A Nissan Altima was traveling eastbound at approximately 80 mph when it hit the back of a “slower moving” dump truck at around 6 a.m., Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lawrence Hopper told Gephardt Daily.
Hopper said the man driving the Nissan and his two sons in the car were all wearing seatbelts. The 10-year-old boy did not have a pulse when emergency crews arrived and the child was given CPR on scene, then was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, in critical condition.
The father and the other son were transported by ground ambulance to Moab Regional Hospital in stable condition. The two occupants of the dump truck, who were also wearing seatbelts, had “bumps and bruises,” Hopper said, but did not need to be transported to the hospital.
Hopper added the investigation is ongoing, but it does not appear that impairment played a factor in the crash. He said it appears the driver of the Nissan either did not see the dump truck or did not realize how much slower the truck was going until it was too late to slow down.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.