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CAPTION ONLY: FLAT TIRE BLAMED IN 5-CAR PILEUP

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A flat tire on a garbage truck has been blamed for a five-car accident on I-215 about 5:45 p.m. Friday. The garbage truck was northbound near 4800 South and pulled over into the emergency lane with a flat tire. Utah Highway Patrol Officer Larry D. Hogan said a small car in the far right lane swerved left around the garbage truck, striking a pickup truck. Then another northbound car, a Camaro, apparently trying to avoid the car-pickup crash, swerved sharply, became airborne and flew across the median into southbound traffic, Hogan said. The Camaro hit an oncoming van head-on, then a Mustang hit the van from the rear. Andrew Mills, 24, and his brother, Jase, both of Murray, barely missed being hit in the accident. They quickly pulled their vehicle over and ran back to assist the victims, including the driver in the Camaro, who they believed was the most seriously injured, and the driver of the van, whose arm was pinned under the overturned van. "We lifted the van and got his arm out," Jase said. "I'm still shaking," Andrew said. The driver of the Camaro was flown to LDS Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. The driver of the van was taken to Pioneer Valley Hospital where he was in serious but stable condition. A girl in the small car was treated at Pioneer Valley and released.