Update: Man’s condition improving after loaded flatbed crushed his car in Riverton

One man is in critical condition after a truck overturned in Riverton Tuesday afternoon. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

RIVERTON, Utah, Feb. 6, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — One man was in critical condition after a flatbed truck carrying drywall took a turn too fast and tipped onto his car.

The accident happened just before 2 p.m., and at about 7 p.m., Unified Police Department tweeted that the man’s condition was improving.

UPD also tweeted, “He says that he saw the truck coming his way and was able to move his car forward a few feet possibly saving his life.”

The accident occurred at 12600 South and Bangerter Highway.

“Just before the intersection, the truck driver didn’t feel like he would make the light, so he turned to go west,” said UPD Detective Ken Hansen.

“His load of drywall shifted, tipping the truck. He hit three cars, crushing one quite a bit and sideswiping the others.”

The man who was in the Honda that was partially crushed was rushed to the hospital in critical but stable condition. People in the two sideswiped cars escaped serious injury. The flatbed truck driver and his two male passengers suffered minor injuries, Hansen said.

The intersection was closed to traffic, but police anticipated that 12600 South would reopen by 7:45 p.m.

As of 4 p.m., crews were trying to figure out how to turn the truck, with its attached load of drywall, back to an upright position.

Hansen said the accident could have been a lot worse.

“If there was anyone in that left turn lane, they’d have been crushed.”


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