GARDEN CITY – For the second time in less than a week, a truck lost control and plowed through a condominium building near Raspberry Square in Garden City. The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of US-89 and SR-30.
Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry said two dump trucks, both carrying asphalt, were travelling westbound out of Logan Canyon when one of the drivers realized his brakes had failed and he couldn’t stop.
“[The driver] went through the middle of Raspberry Square and then went right through the garages,” explained Perry. “He luckily came to a stop in the parking area, between the garages and the condominiums, just east of that intersection.”
The driver and a passenger in the truck both sustained minor injuries. They were treated by paramedics at the scene and later released.
Perry said Tuesday’s accident is almost identical to a semi-truck that crashed into the same buildings last Thursday afternoon.
“I’ve been told there is a video [of the crash] that we’ll be getting a copy of, from the Shell gas station again. Talking to the folks that have seen the video, this truck was moving even faster when he went through the intersection than the one last week. So, we lucked out.”
Last week’s crash damaged five garage units, while this week’s crash destroyed one and partially damaged two others. No residents or pedestrians were injured.
Perry said the second dump truck traveling through the canyon Tuesday afternoon also reported overheating brakes but was still able to stop at the intersection. Investigators are looking at both trucks to determine any additional causes of the crash.
“We’ll see if there was any other equipment besides the brake issues that may have caused it. We’ll weigh their loads, see how heavy they were and if they were perhaps overweight. So that will all be part of our thorough investigation into the crash, to help us determine what happened and why it took place the way it did.”
Perry said the Utah Department of Transportation is already looking at ways to improve safety at the intersection through a possible runaway truck ramp. In the meantime, troopers are looking at emergency signage to increase awareness of the intersection for truck drivers.