Police: Driver admits to running red light, causing 3-vehicle crash in S. Jordan

South Jordan Police say a vehicle ran a red light at 9800 S. Bangerter Highway and crashed into another car, which landed on top of a third vehicle Friday night, July 20, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, July 21, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — If anyone can be called “lucky” after being in a collision, the occupants of the three vehicles involved in a crash Friday night on Bangerter Highway are lucky, indeed.

The crash happened just a few minutes before 11 p.m., when a vehicle ran a red light at 9800 S. Bangerter and collided with another vehicle that was crossing the intersection, Sgt. Sean Phillips, South Jordan Police Department, said.

The impact flipped that car around and it landed on top of a third vehicle.

Phillips said the fire department transported a couple of people to the hospital in good condition, “just for evaluation, to make sure that they’re all right.”

Impairment didn’t appear to be a factor in the crash.

“It’s a little bit shady in regards to what actually happened, why they ran that red light, but the driver that ran the red light admitted to it freely and openly right off the bat,” Phillips said.

“We believe there was a medical situation going on in that car, and they were trying to get that person to a hospital, and that’s why they decided to run the red light.”

Phillips said everyone involved was “lucky,” because everyone, including the person who had the medical problem, was in fair to good condition after the crash.

It’s possible that the collision could have been avoided, however, especially if the driver who ran the light was trying to rush someone to the hospital.

“The best option is to call 911,” Phillips said. “Our fire department always responds. They can help people out of their home and don’t even have to transport them if they don’t need to. And the trained EMTs are right there.”


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