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UTAH COUNTY, Utah, June 30, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A 120 mph chase on Interstate 15 led to a multi-vehicle crash in Utah County on Saturday night, and first responders reported serious injuries.
The crash happened just before 9 p.m. on the I-15 Main Street off ramp in Santaquin.
The chase began after law enforcement officers spotted a Dodge truck reported stolen out of Payson.
Utah Highway Patrol dispatch was notified at about 8:52 p.m. that a Utah County Sheriff’s deputy was pursuing the truck southbound on I-15 near milepost 248, a UHP news release says.
Prior to that, Salem police officers had attempted to stop the truck and the driver fled. Salem police terminated their pursuit.
UCSO deputies located the truck and began a second pursuit, with the driver entering I-15 southbound.
Officers pursued the vehicle on I-15 southbound for an estimated 15 minutes at speeds often exceeding 100 mph.
The truck got off I-15 at Santaquin Main Street, Exit 244, and collided with an eastbound vehicle in the intersection in what was described as a “T-bone crash.”
Sheriff’s deputies called for a medical helicopter and ground ambulance after finding a 17-year-old woman pinned inside the wreckage of the eastbound vehicle. She suffered critical injuries and was transported by medical helicopter to a local trauma center.
The driver of the stolen truck, a 17-year-old male, also was injured during the crash and was transported to a local hospital.
Utah County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the criminal investigation related to the vehicle theft, pursuit, and crash. The Utah Highway Patrol is conducting the crash scene investigation.
Gephardt Daily will update the story as more information becomes available.