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The driver of a semi truck was taken to the hospital in serious condition after the truck crashed over a retaining wall and into a church parking lot in Sandy on Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo: Felicia Martinez)
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Driver Injured After Semi Carrying Beer Crashes Into Church Parking Lot

SANDY, Utah – A semi-truck hauling beer crashed into a church parking lot Thursday morning, seriously injuring the driver.

The incident happened at shortly after 6:15 a.m. next to a meetinghouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in the area of 1300 East and 11400 South.

Officials said the semi-truck and a gray pickup truck collided, causing the semi to crash over a retaining wall and into the church parking lot. It’s estimated the drop was approximately 25 feet from the road to the lot below.

Authorities said the driver of the semi-truck was pinned inside the cab in the crash.

“The crews that came from heavy rescue team had to cut the roof off of the semi and cut part of the steering wheel away just to make enough room to maneuver the driver out of the driver position,” said Ryan McConaghie with the Sandy Fire Department.

It took approximately 45 minutes to extricate the driver, he said.

McConaghie said a good Samaritan at the scene twisted her knee after falling off the retaining wall when she tried to help. She was also transported to the hospital.

In addition to beer and other beverages that were spilled onto the parking lot, crews also had to contain diesel fuel that was leaking from a ruptured tank.

The gray pickup managed to stop on the road and did not fall over the retaining wall.