Two people were seriously injured Friday morning in a crash at the summit of Sardine Canyon after the driver of a small car spun out of control on slushy and icy roads.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the driver of a Subaru Impreza crossed over the median at the county line where there is a break in the concrete barrier and was hit by a black GMC Yukon driven by Guillermo Valencia-Zaragoza, 45, of Ogden.
The driver of the Subaru, 19-year-old Caitlin Nolan of Huntsville, was transported to Brigham City Community Hospital and later transferred to Ogden Regional Hospital where she remains in serious but stable condition with a neck injury, Lt. Lee Perry said.
Witnesses told troopers that Nolan was traveling southbound in the fast lane, in excess of the posted speed limit of 65 mph. As she came into the curve at the summit, she drifted toward the median, started to spin and slid across the median area into the northbound fast lane where her car was stuck on the passenger side by the front end of the Yukon.
Nolan was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the driver’s seat to the rear seat of her vehicle.
Perry said Valencia-Zaragoza was wearing a seat belt, but he was trapped inside his vehicle. It took emergency crews about 40 minutes to extricate him from the vehicle. He was transported to Logan Regional Hospital in good condition with likely broken bones and abrasions, Perry said.
On Tuesday, two people were injured and one woman died after a head-on crash near the same area of the highway.