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METAL FALLS FROM TRUCK, INJURES MOTORIST ON I-15

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A Salt Lake motorist was in serious condition Friday evening after she was struck in the face by a piece of metal that fell from a truck on I-15.

Rebecca Olsen, 51, was driving north on I-15 about 1:15 p.m. when a 15-pound metal bracket fell from a backhoe on a trailer in front of her and went through her windshield.The driver of the truck pulling the trailer apparently did not realize that the backhoe was taller than the overpass at 2700 South. The backhoe struck the structure, dislodging the metal bracket, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Roger Larson.

Olsen, who suffered numerous facial fractures, managed to stop her vehicle before losing consciousness. She was flown by helicopter to University Hospital, where she was in serious but stable condition Friday.

Her daughter, a passenger in the car, was not injured. Other vehicles sustained minor damage from other debris that became airborne as a result of the mishap.

Larson said the incident remains under investigation. The driver faces possible citations for improper equipment and driving an oversize load without a permit.