06-29-2003, 06:16 PM #1
UTah-2 young boys injured in accident
2 young boys injured in accident on I-80
A pair of young Tooele County boys were hospitalized in critical condition Saturday after the truck they were riding in went off the highway and flipped west of Salt Lake Saturday.
The accident happened shortly after noon on I-80 about one mile east of Salt Air, Utah Highway Patrol trooper Red Whiting said. Rebecca Lynn Moore, 23, of Lakeside and her two sons, ages 2 and 6, were in a pickup truck headed to Salt Lake City when she apparently lost control of the vehicle.
Moore told troopers she was distracted by her 2-year-old, who was in the front passenger seat, and took her eyes off the road. The truck bounced off the right guard rail, throwing the truck toward the center median, where it climbed the center rail before flipping over. The roof of the pickup was crushed mostly on the passenger side, Whiting said.
The 2-year-old suffered injuries to his right arm, face and head and was transported by medical helicopter to Primary Children's Medical Center. He was wearing a seat belt but was not in a child safety restraint, Whiting said.
The 6-year-old, who was sitting on a seat in the truck's extended cab, also suffered head injuries. He was initially taken by ambulance to Pioneer Valley Hospital but was later moved to Primary Children's via helicopter, Whiting said. He also was wearing a seat belt. Condition updates on both boys were unavailable Saturday night.
Moore suffered minor injuries and was undergoing tests at Pioneer Valley, but Whiting said doctors expected to release her.
Moore will be cited for the accident but not for failing to put her youngest child in a proper safety restraint, Whiting said. The accident shut down the westbound lanes of the highway for about 30 minutes to accommodate the helicopter landing.Front line since 1983 and still going strong
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