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Truck crashes into Pleasant Grove apartment complex, one hospitalized after being pinned by debris

Nov 27, 2023, 12:06 PM | Updated: 10:18 pm

PLEASANT GROVE — A truck crashed into an apartment complex in Pleasant Grove, injuring the driver and pinning a person inside under debris. The crash occurred near 1116 West, 100 South Monday morning.

The Pleasant Grove Fire Department told KSL TV that when they arrived they found a truck still running and spinning its tires as it remained stuck in the building. Black plumes of smoke poured out of the crash scene, likely from the diesel.

 

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Jake Larsen, Pleasant Grove Fire Battalion Chief said they were able to get into the building, turn the truck off, and help the driver out.

“[We] came around the corner and saw the smoke and the truck still running and people were all over the place running from the building,” Larsen said.

Larsen said a man living in an adjacent apartment was able to get out on his own and told first responders his friend was still inside the building.

Responders were able to locate the friend, who was pinned by the crash on the first floor of the apartment building. That person was rescued and flown to a hospital for their injuries.

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Larsen did not say what injuries the driver had sustained in the crash or their current condition.

The truck hit two parked cars before crashing into the apartment. Those trucks were towed from the scene.

At this point, Larsen said they’re not sure what caused the truck to hit other cars and veer into the building. The crash is under investigation.

On Monday night, a neighbor talked to KSL TV about what he experienced.

“About 9 a.m., I got woken up by my house shaking,” said Porter Smith. “We came downstairs and there’s this big truck just in the wall. The tires were spinning, kicking up debris.”

Smith said he couldn’t believe what he saw.

“To come down and see that there were three units that were bashed, was just crazy,” he said.

Smith says his heart goes out to the victim.

“It was very surreal to be thinking about the guy that got hit by the car,” he said. “He’s just chilling in his house one second and then the next there is a car in his room. It was just really surreal and freaky to think about.”

Debbie Worthen contributed to this report.

 

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Truck crashes into Pleasant Grove apartment complex, one hospitalized after being pinned by debris