UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Jan. 29, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A 61-year-old Spanish Fork woman is in stable condition after her vehicle careened 20 feet down an embankment in Utah County Friday night.
The woman was driving on Emma Park Road in the southeast corner of Utah County near the border with Carbon County and Duschesne County sometime before 7:30 p.m., according to a news release on Facebook from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. She was 20 miles from the nearest city, police said.
“She approached a curve in the road as it turns to cross railroad tracks,” the news release said. “She was driving too fast and was unable to negotiate the curve. She slid off the road and struck a Jersey barrier, then careened across the road and 20 feet down a steep embankment.”
A Jersey barrier, or Jersey wall, is a modular concrete or plastic barrier employed to separate lanes of traffic.
A short time later; a passing motorist saw tracks in the snow leading over the edge and then saw her headlights still on. The motorist found her pinned inside her car with an outside temperature of four degrees.
Fire and medical personnel responded from Helper in Carbon County, assisted by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper out of Price, Helper Police, Price Police, and Carbon County Sheriff’s Office. Firefighters had to use equipment to cut the woman out of her car.
She was transported to Castleview Hospital in Price in stable condition and is expected to recover.
“Drive carefully all the time, but especially when driving on remote, snow covered roads in sub-freezing temperatures,” the news release concluded.