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Motorist’s legs hurt in accident on I-15

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A man's legs were crushed Friday after he got out of his vehicle when it ran out of gas and then tried to leap out of the way of another car coming at him on the freeway.

The man's vehicle ran out of gas at about 12:10 p.m. and he pulled off the left side of northbound I-15, near the I-215 overpass in North Salt Lake.

"He was on the left shoulder, which is only about 4 feet wide anyway," said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Randall Akers. "So he was sticking out into traffic."

A driver, who was following the car in front of him too closely, swerved to miss the man and lost control. Akers said the other vehicle bounced off the opposite side of the freeway and headed back toward the man, who was filling his car with gas.

The man jumped to avoid being hit, but the vehicles sandwiched his legs, Akers said.

"It's a violation to run out of gas on the freeway, or to pull over for any non-emergency stop," he said. Any emergencies should be dealt with in the right lane. The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was reported to be in serious condition.