Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 12:00 AM |
Motorcycle collides with horse trailer, leaving two dead
Elisabeth Nardi DAILY HERALD
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Two people were killed in a car accident Monday night two miles south of Cedar Fort on state Route 73. The accident closed the two-lane road in both directions for more than an hour just before 7 p.m.
A man, whose name has not been released pending family notification, was driving a truck with a horse trailer northbound on S. R. 73. For an unknown reason, he veered into the southbound lane. He hit two people on a motorcycle head on, rolling the truck and trailer and blocking both lanes, said Derek Jensen, spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol.
The motorcycle was carrying a 43-year-old man and his 42-year-old wife whose names have not been released pending notification of family, Jensen said. It is unclear who was driving the motorcycle because upon impact, the woman was thrown more than 60 feet from the crash, Jensen said. The couple probably died on impact, as did the horse in the trailer, he said.
The driver of the truck was able to crawl out and was airlifted to a nearby hospital, but Jensen wasn't sure which one nor the extent of the man's injuries. He knew only that he was in serious to critical condition as of press time. Police have no idea what caused the accident and nothing has been ruled out, he said.
"At this point we are still not sure why he crossed over," Jensen said. "The big question is why did the truck drift over into the other lane."
When the vehicles collided, both the cab of the truck and the front of the motorcycle caught on fire. The fire leapt onto some oak brush nearby but firefighters quickly put it out, Jensen said.
Police also found one helmet at the scene but were unsure if anyone on the motorcycle had been wearing it, and because of the impact Jensen was not sure if it would have made a difference.
"It was a pretty violent collision," he said. "Based on what they saw the couple was pretty much killed instantly."
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06-29-2004, 12:06 PM #1
Utah-Crash kills 2 causes fire and horses dead also
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06-30-2004, 10:39 AM #2
Accident Update -- The Utah Highway Patrol has released the names of the two people killed Monday night on State Road 73 just south of Cedar Fort. Dead are Steven K. Pack, 42, and Sarah Louise Pack, 42, of Stansbury Park. The two were killed after a 16-year-old boy from Fairfield driving a truck with a horse trailer attached heading northbound crossed over into the southbound lane for an unknown reason. The boy survived and is still in serious condition in an area hospital. The reason for the accident is still under investigation.Front line since 1983 and still going strong
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