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Two people were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a multi-vehicle crash that injured five others near Farr West, Weber County, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

FARR WEST, Weber County — Two people were hospitalized Tuesday with life-threatening injuries and five more were hurt in a multi-vehicle crash on I-15, officials said.

Eight vehicles and a flatbed semitrailer were involved in the freeway accident just south of 2700 North about 4 p.m., according to the Weber Fire District. The crash occurred when traffic had slowed in the northbound right and emergency lanes and a vehicle in the right lane swerved into the middle lane "to avoid the stopped traffic," Utah Highway Patrol said.

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A semitrailer traveling in the middle lane hit the car that had swerved, officials said, and then hit several cars that were in the right and emergency lanes.

The driver of the vehicle that had swerved was not wearing a seatbelt, UHP said. They were then ejected and hit by another vehicle.

The driver who was ejected was taken to the McKay-Dee Hospital in critical condition, as was a driver of another vehicle.

Five others were also taken to McKay-Dee Hospital with "various injuries" that were not life threatening, officials said.

Traffic in the area remained closed until late Tuesday evening while troopers investigated.