LOGAN — Emergency crews responded to another crash in Logan Canyon, US-89, closing a section of the highway for more than seven hours. The accident occurred Monday around 2:10 p.m. near milepost 473.
Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Bryce Kohler said a passenger vehicle was traveling northbound when it swerved into oncoming traffic.
“For an unknown reason that we are still investigating,” explained Kohler, “the vehicle went into the southbound lane, where it was struck by a semi that was pulling a tanker full of food-grade grease.”
The car hit the semi head-on. The driver of the vehicle was critically injured. He was treated by paramedics, transported to Logan Regional Hospital and later flown to McKay Dee Medical Center. His identity is being withheld pending trooper’s investigation and notification of family.
Kohler said the crash caused the southbound semi-truck to swerve.
“The truck went to the right and then left, across all lanes and into the river, where it flipped on its side.”
The driver and passenger were able to climb out of the cab of the truck and wait for emergency crews.
Cache County Search and Rescue teams set up a rope and pulley system with the help of a ladder-truck from the Logan City Fire Department. They were were able to safely rescue both occupants of the semi.
The highway was closed to through traffic until 9 p.m. while crews separated the truck and towed it out of the river.
Monday’s accident occurred just two days after a minivan drifted off the road near the same area, trapping a mother and four children. That crash closed the canyon for five hours while emergency crews safely rescued the family.