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Two people suffer serious burns after UTV catches fire in Utah County

Posted at 1:58 PM, Jul 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-04 16:09:37-04

Two people were burned after a UTV caught fire in Utah County July 4, 2018. Image courtesy Utah County Sheriff’s Office

UTAH COUNTY, Utah — Two people were taken to hospitals with third-degree burns Wednesday after a UTV caught on fire.

Sgt. Wayne Keith with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said they were called about the incident just before noon and responded to the 5 Mile Pass area.

Keith said witnesses riding behind the vehicle reported the engine of the Polaris 1000 side-by-side UTV blew up and caught the vehicle on fire, sparking a brush fire in the area as well.

A man and a woman, both between the ages of 19 and 21, suffered third-degree burns. Keith said the burns are considered serious but not life-threatening.

The burning vehicle caught some nearby brush on fire, and about 1/3 of an acre burned as a result.

It was not immediately clear what caused the reported explosion and fire.

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.