Dump truck driver flown to hospital after crashing into ravine
WEBER COUNTY, Utah — A dump truck driver was flown to a local hospital Friday after the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a ravine in Weber County.
The incident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Friday.
Sgt. Michael Irvine with the Utah Highway Patrol said the truck was traveling northbound on Trappers Loop when it went across state Route 39, into a field, and approximately 50 feet down into a ravine. The vehicle hit some trees on the way down, but luckily, it did not cause a fire.
The driver — who Irvine said was not wearing his seatbelt — was transported in a medical helicopter to McKay-Dee Hospital with critical injuries.
Irvine said witnesses who saw the dump truck come off Trappers Loop called in the crash.
The UHP Sergeant said there was indication that there was a mechanical brake failure, adding that witnesses saw the brakes smoking, but the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Officials with LifeFlight, UHP, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, and Weber County Fire responded.
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