Two teenage girls were injured, one critically, Friday afternoon when the pickup truck they were riding in rolled in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The 19-year-old male driver was not seriously injured.
Names of the victims were not available.Both girls were thrown from the truck and one girl ended up pinned under the wheel of the truck, said Salt Lake County Fire Battalion Chief Tom Vogle. He said the truck made a complete revolution and landed upright.
Onlookers heaved the truck onto its side, Vogle said, in order to free the girl. The other girl landed on the road away from the truck.
Salt Lake County Deputy Sheriff Dennis Bench said the driver told Bench he caught the side of the road as he was coming out of the canyon. He said he lost control and the truck was headed toward the river. He apparently overcorrected in order to avoid the water, and the truck flipped, Bench said.
Vogle said an air ambulance transported one of the girls to LDS Hospital, where hospital officials reported her in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery. Fire officials transported the other girl to the mouth of the canyon, about a mile from the accident, where an emergency helicopter took her to University Hospital. She remained in serious condition late Friday night with a skull fracture.
Bench said the driver was taken to University Hospital.
Traffic was completely stopped in both directions for more than 30 minutes, according to Bench. He said none of the victims was wearing a seat belt.