A Sandy man was listed in satisfactory condition and a Midvale woman in critical condition Friday morning following separate accidents Thursday night.
Steve Gee, 26, suffered facial injuries and a slash that started at his abdomen and continued half way around his body to his back after his pickup collided with a train.Gee was driving west on an I-15 frontage road at 102nd South and Third West at 6:20 p.m. when the accident occurred, said Sgt. Lindsay Shepherd.
"It was pretty scary," said Michael Stocking, 8, an eyewitness who lives nearby. "I heard the train whistle, so I looked out the window.
"I saw the truck going slow, then it hit the front of the train, and a tire flew really far away. When I saw the man in the truck, I thought he was dead," the young resident said.
County paramedics worked with the South Jordan and Sandy Police to extract Gee. He was then taken to the LDS trauma unit by Life Flight helicopter.
"He was real lucky," Bill Sylvester, Salt Lake County paramedic, said. "He was conscious and alert. You almost never see an accident where a car or truck wins a fight with a train."
Paula Woodie, 18, remained in critical condition this morning from injuries suffered in a one-car roll-over on I-15.
Woodie was injured when her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve on the westbound on-ramp from Ninth South, Utah Highway Patrol trooper John Clark said.
"She apparently was going too fast for the curve, went to the right, hit a concrete barrier, rolled completely and flipped (the vehicle)," Clark said.
The woman, who was not wearing a safety belt, was thrown from the vehicle in the accident.