A semi-truck accident Wednesday night in Garden City killed one man and hospitalized another with life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred at the intersection of Hwy-89 and SR-30, known as Raspberry Square near Bear Lake.
Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry said an eastbound dark blue Kenworth semi-truck, pulling a trailer, ran the stop sign and rolled just after 6:30 p.m. The truck crashed into the Pugstones sporting goods store, located on the east side of the road.
The driver, 31-year-old Ahmed M. Abdelgader, was taken by ground ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital. The Omaha, Nebraska man was later flown to IMC Hospital in Murray where he was pronounced dead.
A passenger, 31-year-old Mobark A. Sharif, was reportedly in the sleeper of the truck when the crash occurred. The Fort Wayne, Indiana man was also transported to Cache Valley Hospital but then flown to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden. He is presently in extremely critical condition.
Perry said investigators believe the truck was driving at a high rate of speed just before the crash occurred. Witnesses claimed the semi was driving erratically and speeding. Surveillance video from a nearby gas station also showed the truck was allegedly speeding when it ran the stop sign and jackknifed into the building.
The truck was carrying a load of butter in boxes for a trucking company, M.A. Logistics, from Omaha, Nebraska. The company is assisting troopers with the investigation.
Perry said the truck and trailer damaged the sporting goods store so significantly that crews were unable to safely remove it Wednesday night. They will be working with structural engineers and disaster repair companies today to clean up the crash site.