Morgan Philpot uninjured after crash sends him down 100-foot embankment

Posted at 3:01 PM, Feb 12, 2012
and last updated 2012-02-28 12:32:38-05

Utah gubernatorial candidate Morgan Philpot was involved in an accident early Sunday morning.

Philpot had been campaigning in eastern Utah and was traveling westbound on US-40 at around 12:45 a.m. when his truck slid across the icy roadway and about 100 feet down the side of the roadway.

Campaign worker Toby Emory was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident and Philpot was in the front passenger seat. Neither was injured.  Keith Kuder, another campaign worker who was in the rear passenger seat, had some pain in his shoulder.

The vehicle remained at the bottom of the embankment overnight and into Sunday afternoon.

Philpot made a statement on his Facebook page thanking those who helped him in the incident:

"Thank you everyone, it was nice to make it home safe and sound and to be able to give my whole family a big hug. Today is a great day. Thank you so much for your well wishes. Thanks Jacqueline Barlow Smith and Cleve Smith, Cindie Quintana, Kim Carter Weis, Kara Harrison, and special thanks to the stranger who stopped and help us make it back up to the road. It was unreal that we came out of this as whole as we did. Thanks Keith Allan Kuder Jr. and Toby Emory for the miraculous last minute adjustment that sent us straight over the edge instead of sideways and rolling all the way down. Also thanks to the EMT's who responded and the Highway Patrol."