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Driver of wrong-way truck in Summit County was likely having a diabetic episode

Posted at 8:35 AM, Jul 09, 2024

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — A Summit County deputy was taken to the hospital with a minor injury after bringing a wrong-way driver to a stop on State Route 40 Tuesday morning.

Officials said the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was likely experiencing a diabetic episode with low blood sugar.

Dash camera video below shows deputy driving in front of wrong way truck:

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Utah Highway Patrol reported a pickup truck was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes and multiple agencies responded to try and stop the vehicle just before 7 Monday morning.

Park City officers were able to slow down traffic in the area while other officials tried to bring the car to a stop.

Eventually, a Summit County deputy brought his vehicle to a near stop and collided with the wrong-way pickup truck head-on, UHP said.

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Only minor injuries were reported, but the deputy was taken to the hospital to be treated.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office said the deputy has been with the department for eight years and was released shortly after being checked out at the hospital.

His name was not publicly released.

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The driver and passenger in the pickup truck were not injured in the crash, officials stated.

Following the incident, eastbound lanes of SR-40 were temporarily shut down for about an hour, resulting in massive backups ahead of the morning commute.

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