RIVERTON — A six-vehicle crash critically injured two women Wednesday afternoon at a busy Bangerter Highway intersection, police said.
The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. when an SUV westbound on 13400 South ran a red light at Bangerter Highway, struck multiple other vehicles and then spun into a near head-on collision with a second SUV, which was southbound in the intersection, according to police.
The woman driving the SUV that ran the red light, believed to be approximately 30 years old, was ejected, said Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
A woman about 60 years of age who was a passenger in the other SUV was also hospitalized in critical condition. Her husband, who was driving, was not injured.
Police are leaving the possibility open that the driver who allegedly ran the red light was already unconscious when she went through the intersection, Bell said. She was unconscious when she was transported from the scene. The cause of the crash remained under investigation Wednesday night.
In all, six vehicles were impacted in the chain reaction crash, including a semitrailer, Bell said. Nobody in the other four vehicles was injured. The semitrailer's gas tank was impacted and needed to be emptied, according to the lieutenant.
Traffic in all directions at the intersection was shutdown and remained closed until shortly after 8 p.m., Bell said. Crash reconstruction crews were called to the intersection to piece together what happened.
— Ben Lockhart, Brianna Bodily