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2 car accidents snarl traffic in Provo Canyon

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PROVO — Two accidents snarled traffic in Provo Canyon Monday afternoon, sending three people to the hospital in a less than three-hour span.

Just after 3 p.m., a 20-year-old woman was traveling east on U.S. 189 through Provo Canyon when she lost control of her Acura, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Cameron Roden.

She later told a witness there had been a bee in the car, and Roden said they believed the distraction was what caused the accident. The woman hit the left barrier, then ricocheted to the right, where she broke through the barrier and went down the embankment slightly, around mile post 14, right before the tunnels. Her car was severely damaged and because of that she had to be extricated, Roden said.

She wasn't seriously injured but because it took a while getting her out of the car and her bleeding injuries, she was taken via medical helicopter to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

The east bound lanes were shut down for about 30 minutes while the helicopter landed, Roden said.

At around 5:40 p.m. the second accident took place just west of the first accident, near milepost 13.

The driver was a male in his 40s from Orem who lost control of his vehicle, hit the center barrier and then rolled his Chevy K-10, Roden said.

Roden also said that it appears that the driver was under the influence of an unspecified substance while operating the vehicle.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was taken via helicopter to University Hospital in Salt Lake City because his injuries appeared to be more extensive. His passenger's injuries were not as serious and he was taken to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. Officers tried to keep the flow of traffic moving, as much as possible during this accident as well.

While the two accidents were fairly close to one another, Roden did not believe that it was the terrain that caused the problems today.

"It was just the situations in these cases, as opposed to the area," he said.