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A boy was thrown from a car when its driver turned left on a red light Thursday, crashing into an oncoming off-duty Unified police car, authorities said. The child was flown to Primary Children's Hospital in critical condition.

SOUTH JORDAN — A 6-year-old boy was thrown from a car when its driver turned left on a red light Thursday, crashing into an oncoming off-duty Unified police car, authorities said.

The child was flown to Primary Children's Hospital in critical condition, South Jordan Police Lt. Matt Pennington said in a statement. The boy remained in the hospital late Thursday.

The 46-year-old woman driving a Toyota Corolla needed lesser medical attention, Hansen said, and was also brought to a hospital.

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She had turned left at Bangerter Highway and 11400 South, Pennington said, against the light and a restricted left-turn sign in a construction zone.

The off-duty officer sustained minor injuries in the accident that happened about 4 p.m. and was treated at the scene, Pennington said.

The names of those involved in the crash, including the police officer, were not immediately released.

The officer was driving a Unified police car, Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke said.

The crash temporarily closed the westbound freeway and one eastbound lane. Police said they spoke with several witnesses.

— Annie Knox