Two critically injured in six-car crash in Riverton are expected to survive

Posted at 4:00 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 15:14:06-04

RIVERTON, Utah - The two people critically injured in a six-car crash in Riverton on Bangerter Highway and 13400 S. are recovering and expected to survive.

Unified Police said a woman in her 30s ran a red light around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Lt. Lex Bell said that woman is one of the two people in the hospital. Her child was also in the car but was not harmed, he said.

The woman apparently ran the red light while driving westbound on 134th across the intersection with Bangerter.

Lt. Bell said her SUV initially hit one car that was turning left onto 134th, then continued onward and hit two other cars driving north on Bangerter.

After that, the SUV continued sliding through the intersection, hitting a southbound SUV, which then hit a southbound semi truck.

The woman driving the SUV initially involved was thrown from the vehicle and Lt. Bell said a passenger in the other SUV, a woman in her 60s, was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Witnesses said the first woman's daughter crawled out of a window, yelling for her mom.

The woman laid on the ground, unresponsive and looking lifeless. A witness said he checked on the woman and found her breathing but unconscious.

Lt. Bell said the woman didn't regain consciousness at that time; the other seven people involved are OK.

They aren't sure yet what caused the driver to run the red light.

After the initial crash, Lt. Bell said a second crash took place near the intersection.

A car rear-ended another car that had stopped for the crash. No injuries were reported in connection with that second incident.

The intersection at 13400 S. and Bangerter was blocked and closed for several hours while officers recreated the crash and investigated the scene.