One dead in major car crash in Sardine Canyon, two teens in critical condition

A 54-year-old Wellsville man was killed and two others are in extremely critical condition after a four-car crash Monday afternoon in Sardine Canyon. Robert L. Smith reportedly was driving northbound on U.S. Highway 89/91 just after 5 p.m. when a Ryder moving truck driven by 36-year-old Jason Hernandez of Tooele, which was heading southbound, reportedly clipped another vehicle after drifting into the northbound traffic and then collided with Smith’s 2001 Saturn. Ryder truck then apparently hit a 1991 Audi, causing the Audi to collide with a 1995 Toyota Corolla. Smith reportedly was killed on impact and the driver of the Audi, 17-year-old Robert Watson of Garland, and his passenger, 17-year-old Michael Higley of Tremonton, both sustained critical injuries. Watson sustained critical upper body injuries and Higley sustained critical injuries to his head, Utah Highway Patrol reports indicate. Both young men were wearing seat belts. Hernandez sustained minor injuries to his neck and was transported to Logan Regional Hospital. The 21-year-old Logan woman driving the Toyota also sustained minor neck injuries and was taken to Logan Regional for a check up. After being transported to Logan Regional, both Higley and Watson were taken via Air Ambulance to Wasatch Front area hospitals. Watson was taken to the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray and Higley was transported to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden. The crash shut down lanes in Sardine Canyon until after 8 p.m. and snarled traffic significantly during the immediate aftermath of the crash. Utah Highway Patrol officials say no citations have been issued and “any charges will be brought when the investigation is completed.” Weather was not a factor in the crash as the roads were dry at the time of the incident, and excessive speed also was indicated as not being a factor. More photos from the Utah Highway Patrol can be viewed by

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