Accident sends two to the hospital

Caterpillar front-end loader that was traveling northbound on US 91 when it was rear-ended by a black 1997 Ford Ranger.

LOGAN — A two-vehicle accident in Richmond, Tuesday morning sent two people to the hospital and slowed traffic for an hour.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cade Brenchley said the accident occurred near 9000 North US 91. A black 1997 Ford Ranger was traveling northbound in the left-hand lane. The driver reportedly drifted into the right-hand lane and rear-ended a Caterpillar front-end loader.

“The driver of the Ford Ranger later told our investigating trooper that he fell asleep, dozed off and he drifted into the right lane, from the left lane and struck the left rear portion of the Caterpillar,” said Brenchley.

The Ranger was traveling at approximately 60 mph when it struck the front-end loader that was only traveling at about 25 mph.

Brenchley said the impact of the collision caused the Ranger to roll onto its side. The first people on the scene of the accident were able to roll the vehicle back onto its wheels.

“The passenger had to be extricated by fireman,” said Brenchley. “They were both taken to the Cache Valley Specialty Hospital.”

Northbound traffic along US 91 was restricted to one lane while the accident was cleared.

Brenchley said an investigation into the accident is continuing and charges are pending.

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