HERRIMAN, Utah, April 23, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Two people were transported by medical helicopters with critical injuries, and two more were taken by ground ambulance in serious condition to area hospitals after a head-on collision caused by a wrong-way driver on Mountain View Corridor Saturday night.
An official described the crash as “unbelievable” in terms of the amount of damage caused.
“But so far, nobody has died,” said Lt. Lex Bell, Unified Police Department spokesman, at about 10:30 p.m.
Bell said officers were called to the scene at about 9:20 p.m. after a silver SUV being driven by a 16-year-old boy somehow ended up driving north in the southbound lanes, at about 15100 South and Mountain View Corridor.
The SUV struck a minivan carrying four adults and three children.
Those most seriously injured were the front-seat passengers in both vehicles: a 16-year-old boy and a 32-year-old woman. Both had to be extricated from the vehicles before being transported by helicopters to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries.
The male drivers of both vehicles were taken by ground ambulance. Bell said they had serious injuries that were not life-threatening.
Bell said the children in the van were in good to fair condition.
Bell said both vehicles were traveling at about 55 mph at the time of the impact. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor, he added.
An update provided Sunday morning but Unified Police said all victims in this crash are expected to survive. Bell said the injuries could have been worse, if not fatal, had everyone not been wearing seatbelts.