Rescuers needed one hour to extricate the driver of a pickup truck after a southbound car jumped the median on I-15 and collided head-on with his vehicle Saturday afternoon.
Samuel Winterbottom, Sandy, was flown to University Hospital in critical condition, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Wayne Gifford reported. The other driver, Michelle Bowater, 17, Centerville, was flown to LDS Hospital, also in critical condition. By 8 p.m. both victims were stabilized, Gifford said.Winterbottom's wife, name not reported, was transported to University Hospital in good condition. The passenger in Bowater's car, Gary Olson, 20, Salt Lake City, also was in good condition at LDS Hospital.
The accident at 800 North closed the freeway from about 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. while South Davis County firefighters freed Winterbottom from the wreckage and two helicopters landed to transport the injured, Gifford said.
"It is a miracle no one was killed," Gifford said. The people in the pickup were wearing seat belts, but the the other victims were not strapped in. "The impact was head-on - I don't know how they all made it," he said.
Tying up traffic at about the same time were two accidents on southbound I-15 in Salt Lake City. Only minor injuries occurred in accidents at 1100 South and 2100 South, a Highway Patrol dispatcher said.