3 vehicle accident sends 2 up power pole in Taylorsville

A three vehicle collision Saturday morning in Taylorsville left a car partially suspended on a power pole and a truck run up one of the poles' guy wires. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah, March 24, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — It was not as bad as it looked.

When a car clipped two trucks in Taylorsville, and two of the three vehicles ended up partially suspended on a power pole unit, hopes were not high that all involved had survived unscathed.

“When we arrived here and saw the scene initially, we really anticipated some bad injuries,” said Lt. Brian Lohrke, Unified Police Department, of the collision that occurred at about 11 a.m. at 2700 West and 6200 South.

“Luckily, everyone from all three vehicles walked away from this crash,” Lohrke said, later clarifying that one of the five involved actually climbed away, down a Unified Fire Authority truck’s ladder.

Injuries were very minor, Lohrke said, and were treated at the scene by Unified Fire Authority crews. No one was transported, but one person did plan to take a private vehicle to a nearby clinic, Lohrke said.

“The initial information we got was that the two trucks were traveling westbound, on 6200 South. A passenger vehicle, a blue Acura, was traveling north on 2700 West, possibly ran a red light, clipping the two trucks.

“The car got pushed by one of the trucks into a power pole and the other truck laid along the guy wires here along that same power pole. Just an absolute mess. We are very fortunate we have no injuries.”

Lohrke said he attributes the good outcome to “the build quality of the vehicles — some of these are newer vehicles with better safety equipment, and to a whole lot of luck.”

The person who waited for a ladder made a wise decision, Lohrke said.

“You don’t want to try any superhero tactics getting out of a truck like that,” he said. “Just wait until help arrives. They were unlucky in terms of car damage, but we can fix that. They’re walking away from this, so (they are) very lucky.”


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