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Family recovering after car crash on Mountain View Corridor

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Posted at 9:22 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 12:00:57-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- An Eagle Mountain family of seven is recovering after being hit head on by a wrong-way driver on Mountain View Corridor, Saturday night.

The Sorenson family was coming home from a wedding reception when, Unified police say, a 16-year-old driver was going the wrong way and hit the family van near 15100 South.

"After I saw pictures of the accident, I certainly find it a miracle that there are no fatalities," said Doug Sorenson.  His brother, Travis Sorenson, was driving the minivan when it was hit.

"Bruises and bumps and broken bones and what not, but they're all wounds that can heal," Doug Sorenson said.

By Monday, three of the kids had been released from the hospital along with their father. Megan Sorenson, their mother, had surgery on Sunday. The family says she is recovering well.

"Two of the children are still being evaluated, one has been in surgery today, the surgery went well.  The other one is being scheduled for some surgery," said John Sorenson, Travis's father.

John Sorenson was traveling the same route as his son Saturday night.  He was only a stop light behind when the cars collided.

"We were probably one of the, among the first 10 cars to arrive. We were unaware at first that it involved our family until we got closer," John Sorenson said.

John Sorenson credits the help of others who stopped and first responders for helping his grandkids, son and daughter-in-law in the moments after the accident.

Unified police also credit something simple, seat belts. It appears everyone involved was wearing one.

Police also say the 16-year-old driver of the SUV may not have known the car was going the wrong way.  No charges have been filed, but that could still happen.

Police say the driver is doing well and the 16-year-old passenger in the SUV is recovering.