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Motorcyclist in critical condition after colliding with car while evading police

SANDY, Utah — A motorcyclist is in critical condition after colliding with a car while fleeing from police Saturday night, Unified Police Department says.

At around 10 p.m. an off-duty Unified Police officer was traveling westbound on 11400 South near 500 East and began driving next to a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist noticed the marked police car and took off at a high rate of speed, according to Detective Kevin Mallory. The officer did not have his lights on and did not pursue.

Mallory said the officer then approached the stopped  motorcyclist at a red light. He activated his lights and pulled in front of the motorcyclist to block him. The motorcyclist took off around the officer and continued west on 11400. According to Mallory, police do not pursue evading motorcycles unless there is a threat of deadly force.

When the light turned green the officer continued westbound and found the motorcycle had collided with a car while attempting to cross State Street.

The motorcyclist was transported to the hospital where he remains in critical condition. The driver of the car was not hurt.

No identities have been released. Officials are investigating the incident.

Man killed, two women hospitalized after overnight crash in Kearns

KEARNS, Utah — Police say one man is dead and two women were sent to the hospital after an overnight crash Saturday.

Police say they received a call about a crash with injuries at around 1:00 a.m. on the 5200 block of Shalee Street.

Investigators say a truck driving eastbound crashed into a fence and several parked cars before it came to a rest.

Officers say the driver died at the scene. Two women in their 20’s were sent to the hospital in critical condition.

Unified Police investigators are now trying to piece together what went wrong.

“[Investigators] always look within the initial scene and then they go outside of our scene to make sure we didn’t miss anything,” said Unified Police Lt. Paul Barker. “If we need to expand the crime scene, we will.”

Unified Police say crashes like what happened Saturday are rare.

“Usually they’re out on the streets with the busier speed limits, and we do get traffic accidents in neighborhoods where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour — but usually not in this condition,” said Lt. Barker.

Investigators have not identified the victims. It’s not known yet if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Names released of two men killed in semi vs. bus collision in northern Nevada

EUREKA COUNTY, Nev. — Two people are dead and several are injured after a head-on collision between a bus and a semitrailer Saturday morning in Nevada.

The driver of the semi, 29-year-old Andrew G. Nash, was pronounced deceased on the scene. Rocky D. Witt, 62, was a passenger on the bus and was also killed in the collision. Both men lived in Spring Creek, Nevada.

The occupants of the bus were Nevada Gold Mines employees. Several were hospitalized in critical or serious condition. The truck was owned by Pilot Thomas Logistics, and the driver was the lone occupant.

The collision occurred just after 6:30 a.m. on Nevada State Route 766 about six miles north of Carlin, according to Nevada Highway Patrol.

According to a press release from NHP, early investigations indicate that the semi crossed the center line for unknown reasons and collided head-on with the bus.

Police markings at the scene show the path that the semi took, taking a blind turn too wide on State Route 766.

All of the injured occupants were originally transported to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital in Elko.

“To see a traffic accident of this magnitude is shocking, and there’s a lot of folks that ride the bus to work,” said Steve Burrows, the director of communications for the hospital. “At this point, there are a few patients that we’re just keeping an eye on and just making sure that they’re okay. By and large, most patients who weren’t in critical condition have been discharged.”

Burrows said the hospital received an outpouring of support from the Elko community as extra staff was called in to treat the injured.

“We had so many calls here at the hospital, just people asking, ‘What can I do? Can I give blood? Can I bring in doughnuts for the emergency department staff?'” Burrows described. “They say that Elko — we take care of our own — and that really is true, because we can see that in action today, even on a day that really has been such a tough day… These were just men and women who were on their way to work, early in the morning, and you don’t think about something like this happening.”

Lisa Becker, the head of communications for Nevada Gold Mines, sent the following statement to FOX 13:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Rocky’s family and everyone involved in the accident. We will continue to provide counseling and other support to our employees and their families.

“We have heard from employees and the community about supporting the impacted families through this very difficult time. We will provide more information about donation opportunities as soon as possible.”

FOX 13 reached out to Pilot Thomas Logistics for comment, but we did not receive a response before the publication of this article.

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Two dead, several injured after head-on collision near Carlin, Nevada

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ELKO COUNTY, Nev. – – According to officials, two people are dead and several are injured after a head-on collision Saturday, along State Route 766.

At approximately 6:35 A.M. Nevada Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash on State Route 766, approximately six miles north of Carlin.

According to a press release from NHP, early investigations show a semi tractor trailer was traveling southbound and a bus transporting 21 occupants was traveling northbound. For unknown reasons, the driver of the semi crossed the center line and collided head-on with the bus.

The crash killed the semi driver and one bus passenger. The surviving 20 passengers were transported to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital with five in critical condition, according to the press release.

The names of the deceased have not been released.

Fox 13 will update the article when more information is available.

 

One man dead after roll over crash on I-15

SALT LAKE CITY — One man died in a roll over crash on the Interstate 15 collector near 1500 South early Saturday morning.

Around 1:45 A.M. the driver was heading northbound on I-15 in an SUV when he drifted left and side-swiped the concrete barrier.  He then over-corrected and struck the right concrete barrier, which caused the SUV to flip, according to Utah Highway Patrol. He was the only occupant in the vehicle.

The driver was ejected when the SUV rolled onto its side. He was not wearing a seat belt. According to the press release he suffered significant injuries and died on scene.

Troopers found evidence of alcohol and drug impairment and believe that played a roll in the crash, according to the release. Troopers also mentioned the minimal damage to the vehicle’s passenger side and believe it is “probable the driver would have survived the collision had he been properly restrained.”

The driver’s identity has not yet been released.

UHP added this statement to the press release:

Big Cottonwood Canyon crash leaves one dead

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — An early morning car crash left one person dead and five people critically injured, Unified Police Department reports.

The crash occurred around 3 a.m.

According to Detective Kevin Mallory, a sedan traveling down the canyon lost control and hit the back of a pickup truck that was parked on the side of the road. Two people were sleeping in the truck’s bed.

One person in the truck was killed and all others involved were critically injured.

“Others are in varying degrees of condition from critical to very critical condition,” Mallory said.

The canyon was closed for several hours but is now open in both directions.

An investigation is underway to see what caused the crash.

Teen dead, others critically injured in Big Cottonwood Canyon crash

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — An early morning car crash left one person dead and five people critically injured, Unified Police Department reports.

The crash occurred around 3 a.m. Saturday.

According to UPD Detective Kevin Mallory, a sedan traveling down the canyon lost control and hit the back of a pickup truck that was parked on the side of the road.

A 16-year-old girl in the truck was killed, and her mother is in critical condition. Mallory said the two were sleeping in the truck bed.

Four men in their 30s were in the sedan; two were in critical condition and two were in stable condition Saturday afternoon, according to UPD.

“Others are in varying degrees of condition from critical to very critical condition,” Mallory said.

The canyon was closed for several hours but is now open in both directions.

An investigation is underway to determine what caused the crash.

Trooper involved in crash while responding to elementary school break-in; 7 juveniles in custody

SALT LAKE CITY — Seven juveniles may face charges for a break-in at an elementary school, and a trooper was involved in a crash while responding to that call.

Things began shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday when police got a call from someone who spotted several people on the roof of Edison Elementary School, 466 South Cheyenne Street.

Police arrived to find a broken skylight, and several juveniles ran from the scene. Lt. Dave Cracroft, Salt Lake City Police, said they dropped items they had stolen from inside the school while fleeing.

Officers searched the area and found several of the suspected burglars. The rest they apprehended with some help from a parent.

“We had a parent walk over to the scene and asked what had gone on and said that two of his children were involved and went home and brought them back to the scene for us,” Cracroft said.

The juveniles could face charges for burglary, fleeing, property damage and theft.

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper responding to the scene ran a red light at 400 South and Redwood Road and collided with a woman driving southbound. She was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The trooper was unhurt.

The crash, including whether or not the patrol vehicle had lights and sirens activated, is under investigation.

One Dead, Seven Injured in Story County Crash

Nevada, IA — Saturday’s heavy rains may have caused a crash that left one person dead and several other injured, according to police.

The Story County Sheriff’s Office said two cars escorting a horse and rider were driving along 620th Avenue near 190th Street in Nevada, when a pick-up truck struck the rear escort vehicle.  The impact forced both the car and truck into the ditch, and caused the escort vehicle to roll several times.

Police said the crash killed the driver of the car, and sent five of his passengers to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two people in the truck also had to be taken to the hospital. Their injuries aren’t considered life threatening.

Police believe reduced visibility caused by rain played a major role in the collision. They’ve not released the names of those involved, pending family notification.

Driver booked after ‘intentional’ collision with girl on scooter, Draper police say

DRAPER, Utah — An 11-year-old girl riding a scooter is in serious condition after being hit by a car — and police say it may have been intentional.

Steven Ray Becky, 19, was driving a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta that collided with the small electric scooter in Draper Friday morning, police say.

Becky was booked facing charges of attempted criminal homicide and driving under the influence, Draper City Police Chief John Eining said in a press conference Friday evening.

The crash occurred in the near 15000 South Winged Bluff Lane in Draper, a residential area, shortly before 8:30 a.m.

Police say the girl was riding south when Becky, traveling north, turned into her. The Jetta hit a landscape boulder, rolled and landed upside-down on a grass parking strip.

“The initial investigation suggests this may have been an intentional act,” the department stated in a press release.

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

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