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Friday, May 28, 2010

Canyon race kills teen / Cars try to pass on each side of van with disastrous results

From this morning's Standard Examiner:

A high-speed race involving high school-age kids turned deadly in Ogden Canyon on Thursday afternoon.
One 16-year-old girl from Ogden is dead. The male driver of the car she was riding in sustained serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to an area hospital.
Police are looking for another car that left the scene of the fatal crash, said Lt. Phil Howell, of Weber County Sheriff’s Office.
All involved in the accident appear to be from the Ogden area, and all are younger than 18 years old.
The three survivors are hospitalized in stable condition as of late Thursday, Howell said; deputies were not yet releasing the identities of those involved.
The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. in Ogden Canyon near the Pineview spillway.
A black Acura and a red Honda appear to have been racing westbound through the canyon, Howell said.
“They both tried to pass a van that was already in the roadway, on either side of that van. One of the cars, a black Acura, lost control and drove off the south side of the roadway and crashed into a tree,” Howell said.
The Acura was likely in the westbound lane, trying to pass on the right side of the van, before losing control.
The impact of the accident partially knocked down the tree and blocked the road, Howell said.
The male driver was extricated from the vehicle and flown by helicopter to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.
“One female passenger was dead at the scene from injuries,” Howell said. “Two other (female) passengers were able to get out of that car and were driven by a private vehicle to the hospital for treatment.”
Police are looking for the red Honda that left the scene of the accident.
“We’re investigating leads to identify that vehicle and occupants,” Howell said.
“Our deputies and (Utah) Highway Patrol are investigating the accident scene and doing those kinds of calculations to estimate speed and distance and all of those factors that are involved in the accident.”
The road through Ogden Canyon was reopened at 6:50 p.m. after the accident scene was cleared and deputies completed their investigation.

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1 comment:

Marc said...

Fantastic pictures in relation to Ogden valley. But it is sad news that the high speed race involving high school-age kids turned deadly.