Semi-Truck Loses Control in Utah, Injuring 11
A semi-truck barreled out of control down Main Street in Tooele, Utah, on Friday afternoon, crashing into more than two dozen cars and starting a fire at an auto dealership, leaving one person in critical condition and several others injured, according to available information.
Lt. Jeremy Hansen, a spokesperson for Tooele police, said the semi was traveling northbound on Main Street around 1:45 p.m. when an apparent brake failure caused it to careen through multiple intersections. The truck smashed into five vehicles before crashing into the Tooele Motor Company at 1141 N Main Street, damaging 27 vehicles and starting the building on fire. Flames also spread to some of the vehicles in the parking lot.
Eleven people were injured in the crash, and emergency crews transported most of them to an area hospital for treatment. One of the injured people, not yet identified, was airlifted to a Salt Lake City-area hospital in critical condition, according to available information.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, but the dealership and several vehicles were heavily damaged. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but police say they believe the semi-truck’s brakes failed.
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