Driver thrown from truck in rollover accident near airport

Posted at 9:26 AM, Feb 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 15:45:15-05

SALT LAKE CITY – One person is critically injured after a rollover accident that backed up traffic for miles near the airport Thursday.

Authorities said the driver of a black pickup truck was going northbound on I-215 West trying to get to I-80 Westbound at about 8:30 a.m.

Troopers said the truck drifted off to the left, the driver over-corrected and rolled down the embankment.

No other vehicles were involved.

The driver was ejected from his truck.

“At this time it does not appear he was wearing a seat belt,” Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Steven Manful said. “Had he been wearing a seat belt, most likely he would’ve stayed in the vehicle and his injuries would probably be substantially less.”

The man was flown to the hospital in critical condition.

His identity has not been released.

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