A South Jordan man is in the University of Utah Medical Center after suffering burns in a car accident in a remote part of Tooele County Thursday.
Jason Ainge, 32, was taking a morning drive near Delle when his car went over an embankment and down into a 30-foot-deep, narrow ravine, Tooele County Sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Morgan said. When the car hit the bottom of the ravine, the air bag deployed.
But that's where some of the mystery begins, Morgan said. Ainge clearly suffered third-degree burns to his face, neck, chest and hands, which may have been caused by fire, and investigators are unsure how a fire might have started.
Investigators theorized that the air bag either exploded or ignited, Morgan said.
Ainge was able to walk away from the accident on his own, but had to walk more than a mile on a dirt road before getting a cell phone signal to call for help. Tooele County dispatchers received the call at 11:53 a.m. and believe the accident happened about an hour before, Morgan said.
Ainge was transported to the U. Medical Center by medical helicopter.