UPDATE: Police told FOX 13 that the 15-year-old died Monday morning. A GoFundMe has been set up for the family and can be found here.
SALT LAKE CITY – A teenager and a young child are in critical condition at Primary Children’s Hospital after a car accident late Saturday night.
According to Salt Lake City Police, a car was speeding while driving west on Indiana Avenue. As the car turned onto Delong Street, it flipped and rolled into the Jordan River Canal.
The 20-year-old driver and two juveniles escaped the car before first responders arrived.
A 15-year-old and a 2-year-old were pulled from the wreckage in the canal.
Two officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department were the first to arrive on the scene.
They jumped into the canal’s murky water to rescue the trapped children from the almost fully submerged car.
“They jumped out of their cars and into action. It’s unknown how long the juveniles were in the water at the time,” said Sgt. Andrew Cluff of the Salt Lake City Police Department. “With the situation being as it was, officers felt compelled to jump in and do all that they could do to get them out of the car.”
Crews from Salt Lake City Fire arrived shortly after and assisted the officers in getting the children out of the water.
“We are more than willing to put our lives on the line to save anyone,” Cluff said. With regard to this incident, with the car completely submerged, officers were completely submerged in the car trying to get the juveniles out.”
Investigators believe speed was the ultimate factor in this crash. It is unlikely the driver will face any criminal charges. The speed limit for that section of Indiana Avenue and Delong Street is 30 miles per hour.