Four of six injured in head-on collision released from hospitals

2013-05-21T00:22:00Z 2013-05-21T06:26:05Z Four of six injured in head-on collision released from hospitalsPaige Fieldsted - Daily Herald Daily Herald
May 21, 2013 12:22 am  • 

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- At least one of the six people injured in a three-car collision in Saratoga Springs Saturday night are still in the hospital.

Just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the driver of a pickup truck traveling west on SR 73 near 1200 West crossed over the center lane of travel and into oncoming traffic, according to a news release from the Saratoga Springs Police Department. The truck hit a minivan, which rolled; the driver was ejected. Both the van's driver and passenger were taken by ambulance to a local hospital with serious injuries. According to Saratoga Springs spokesman Owen Jackson, the passenger of the minivan has been released from the hospital but the driver remains in the hospital in serious condition.

Immediately after the first collision, the truck hit an SUV in a partial head-on collision, according to police. A child in a child safety seat suffered serious injuries and was taken by medical helicopter to a Salt Lake hospital. The other two people in the SUV had non-life threatening injuries. Jackson said all three people in the SUV have been released from the hospital and are recovering.

The driver of the truck, a young man, was pinned inside the cab. Fire crews extricated him, and he was taken by medical helicopter to a local hospital with critical injuries. According to Corporal Shane Taylor with the Saratoga Springs Police Department the driver of the pickup is still in critical condition and being treated in an ICU at a local hospital. No names of those involved in the accident are being released at this time.

Officers are still investigating the accident to determine why the truck driver crossed into oncoming traffic and say because of the complexity of the scene it could take several weeks to figure out exactly what happened.

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