Two hospitalized after eight-vehicle collision in Providence (with photo gallery)

Two people were taken to the hospital after a eight-vehicle crash near the Providence Maverik at 1200 South Highway 165. A total of 14 people were involved in the accident.According to witnesses, the driver of a semi truck ran a red light at the north west corner of Macey’s at 6:36 p.m. Tuesday causing the multiple-vehicle collision.According to Utah Highway Patrol Lieutenant Lee Perry, after running the red light the semi ran into a number of cars, ran into a utility box and power pole, causing the truck to flip on its side and slide into a Jiffy Lube sign. The collision caused some local power outages Tuesday evening. “Of the 14 (that were involved in the accident), there were only two that were transported to the local hospital, none with life-threatening injuries,” Perry said.The driver of the semi truck is described as a 37 year old male from Providence who was hauling bananas for Cedar Valley Transport. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital and treated for a minor leg injury. He has since been released. A 65 year old female, the driver of an SUV involved in the accident, was also transported to Logan Regional. Lt. Perry says she is being treated for a broken pelvis and broken rib. Eight other people involved in the accident went to the hospital on their own to be treated for minor injuries. The semi’s gas line caught fire causing the truck’s cab to erupt in flames. Black smoke billowed as the fire spread to the contents of the truck’s trailer before it could be controlled. Lt. Perry said upon initial inspection, it did not appear there were any equipment failures with the semi that would have caused it to not stop at the appropriate time at the stop light.Lt. Perry said three different law enforcement agencies and two different fire agencies responded to the scene. Hazmat crews also arrived and placed booms around nearby storm water drains in order to control the semi’s leaking fuel and keep it from contaminating water. Video footage obtained by a Macey’s security camera will be used to determine an exact cause of the accident and the estimated speed of the semi truck at the time of the accident. Officers are also interviewing the driver of the semi to determine why he ran the red light.”We have a pretty good witness at this point,” Lt. Perry continued, “somebody who actually stopped for the red light in their vehicle and said the semi truck ran past him into the intersection. So we have pretty good, accurate information of the fact that the semi did not stop at the red light.”With the extent of damage, several vehicles and a semi truck and trailer on its side, Lt. Perry said the intersection may not be fully open again until morning.”We’ll probably have this intersection shut down for probably three or four hours at least,” he said. “Clean up will probably take into the wee morning hours. So we’ll have at least one to two lanes shut down all night, at least; probably not open until the morning commute.” Lt. Perry did not have an estimate on the cost of damages, but guessed it would be fairly expensive because of all the clean up that would be involved.

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