Semi Sideswipes UHP Trooper’s Car

Utah Highway Patrol trooper James Wright had just concluded a routine traffic stop and was reviewing notes inside his car when he was suddenly sideswiped by a semi-truck. According to the report, the semi-truck was heading south on I-15 when it drifted into the emergency lane and hit the trooper’s car that was parked on the side of the road. According to Wright, the driver of the semi-truck seemed to be unaware of what happened and continued on his way. Wright added that he went after the semi for about 50 yards using his damaged car. The report stated that Lehi police came to investigate and moved the semi off the freeway. The driver was identified by the report as 49-year-old Steven Sturgis Bell. According to the report, Bell tried to run away from authorities during the field sobriety test.  The police tackled the suspect and allegedly found methamphetamine on him. Lt. Rich Christianson said the driver did something that could result in someone getting killed. Wright is thankful that the driver of the car he had just released from that traffic stop was no longer in that area. Had the driver been present at the time the semi-truck sideswiped the trooper’s car, he could have been seriously hurt. Bell was booked into jail and faces multiple charges, including DUI, drug possession, and resisting arrest. Authorities say he’s from Nevada and drives for KKW Trucking out of California. This is not the first time that Wright was involved in an accident that wrecked his car. He stated that about ten months ago, his car was hit by a pickup...

Tabiona Man Injured in Rear-End Collision

According to KSL, a logging truck driver identified as Wesley Fabrizio, 51 was issued a citation for following too closely to a pickup truck. The accident occurred around 3 p.m. on state Route 35. The report states that Dean Sweat, 57, was driving his pickup and slowed down to make a right turn. Utah Highway Patrol trooper Luke Stradinger said that Fabrizio was behind Sweat at that time. Fabrizio crashed into the back of Sweat’s pickup causing both trucks to roll.  Stradinger added that the logging truck came to rest across SR-35, shutting the two-lane road down for a couple hours. It was disclosed that Sweat was taken by ambulance to Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt, where he was treated and later released. Fabrizio was not injured according to the report. According to NHTSA, rear-end crashes are not only one of the frequently occurring types of crashes, but also are responsible for a large number of injuries and fatalities and substantial property damage every year. Injuries from rear-ending accidents should not be taken lightly. According to Mayo Clinic, whiplash is a neck injury that can occur during rear-end automobile collisions, when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward —similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip. This type of injury can be mild or severe and usually can be treated using over-the counter pain relievers and a cold compress. They add that most people recover from whiplash in just a few weeks, but some may develop chronic pain after a whiplash injury. Christensen & Hymas reminds everyone to be extra careful on the road. It takes...

Tanker Truck Collision causes man’s death in Myton

A fatal crash took place on Thursday morning in Myton, Utah involving a tanker truck and a pickup truck. At 6:55 a.m., the driver of the tanker truck, Darrel Wiser, reportedly lost traction as he descended the hill on a two-lane road approaching the US-40 on Parriete Road. According to Utah Highway Patrol trooper Brett Hansen, “One of the trailers being pulled by the truck jack-knifed and crossed into the oncoming lane and hit a pickup truck driven by Dean Townsend, 49, of Roosevelt.” According to recent reports, Townsend was pinned due to the impact of the truck bed and his own vehicle. Townswend passed away later from several traumatic injuries. The tanker truck’s trailer then proceeded to roll down a hill and was ruptured, spilling its load of crude oil. The driver of the truck, Darrel Wiser of Nibley, suffered only a minor scrape on his neck and was issued a citation for failing to operate within a single lane. Troopers and Duchesne County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the crash. Investigators believe icy roads contributed to the accident. Weather-related accidents occur tens of thousands of times a year in America. With such detrimental effects from the collisions, extra caution and care should be taken to avoid such incidents at all costs.  Sometimes accidents are unavoidable, but you can never be too careful and finding a way to drive safer is usually as simple as slowing down. Everyone at Christensen and Hymas offers our sympathies to the Townsend family during this difficult time. We know that the loss is tragic and we wish the best to all involved in this incident...

Driver Killed by Crash Involving 2 Tractor-Trailer Trucks

The victim of another winter weather traffic collision was identified by a news report as Cody Smith, 54,  from Fairview. The accident involved two tractor-trailer semis in the early morning on Sunday, January 12. According to the Deseret News, the crash occurred on U.S. 40 near Myton. According to Utah Highway Patrol, Smith was driving on westbound U.S. 40 at about 4:30 a.m. when he struck the rear axle of an empty trailer being pulled by an oncoming semi-truck. State Troopers say that the empty trailer drifted into Smith’s lane. UHP Lt. Jeff Chugg described the accident as a “side-swipe crash”. He added that the crash was so loud that a crew working on an oil drilling rig near the highway heard it and called a dispatcher to report the crash. The report went on to say that Smith was taken to Uintah Basin Medical Center in critical condition. He was later flown to University Hospital, where he passed away from his injuries. According to Chugg, the driver of the other truck did not sustain any injuries. The driver’s name has not been released by authorities. The collision is still under investigation. State Troopers suspect weather as a contributing factor since the road was slick and the area was being buffeted by gusts of wind. Chugg added that it is possible that wind along with ice may have shifted the empty trailer into the other lane. Christensen & Hymas offers its sympathy to the family, relatives, and friends of Cody Smith. It is truly difficult to lose a loved one to a tragic accident. We encourage all motorists to exercise...

Two Major Accidents Cause Commuter Delay

Traffic was backed up on I-80 and on I-15 northbound through the morning commute on Tuesday. The reasons behind the traffic were identified as separate accidents; one involved the driver of a semitrailer who was changing radio stations, and the other stemmed from evasive action taken by a driver of a sedan. The first accident happened at 1 a.m. as a semitrailer carrying two tankers of crude oil was traveling west on I-80, heading to the north I-15 interchange. According to the report, the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle while rounding a curve. The driver admitted to authorities that he was reaching down to change radio stations when the accident happened. As a result, he drifted off to the right and crashed into a cement barrier on I-15, closing down multiple lanes on the freeway and shutting off the I-80 entrance to northbound I-15. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Donavan Lucas stated that the semitrailer’s fuel was leaking after the accident. Crews had to empty the oil out of the truck before moving it from the area because the truck was too heavy to lift otherwise. Lucas was worried that the tanker would pop open and create an even greater mess. The report added that a second vehicle collided with debris from the accident, but no one was injured. The driver of the semitrailer also escaped without injuries. The second major accident occurred around 9 a.m. involving a man driving a sedan. The traffic was nearly at a standstill as the man decided to take evasive action. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said that the...

Bus Driver Killed in Accident on I-80

An accident involving a tour bus and a maintenance vehicle on I-80 was reported to have claimed the life of the bus driver and injured five passengers from the bus. Occupants of the maintenance vehicle were not harmed during the accident. According to the report, the bus crashed into the maintenance vehicle that was parked on the side of the freeway. This accident occurred around 6 p.m. in the eastbound lanes near mile marker 34. Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Corey Nye disclosed that the Le Bus tour bus, carrying about 50 passengers, was headed east out of Wendover when the accident occurred. Nye stated that maintenance trucks were slowing down in the left-hand lane and turning into the median to begin working on the barriers of I-80 where the accident happened. A witness of the accident identified as Brady Warnock stated that the bus swerved out of the right lane to pass a car that had slowed down. The bus was not able to brake in time before crashing into the back of the maintenance vehicle, which was identified as a drill truck. There was an auger at the back of the maintenance vehicle that pierced through the windshield of the bus and into the driver’s seat, impaling the driver, who died at the scene. According to one of the men from the maintenance crew, their trucks had their hazard lights on and should have been visible, especially since it was still daylight at the time. The report indicated that three bus passengers were taken to the hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Two other passengers, who were...