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A tow truck driver assisting a vehicle that slid off the road in Spanish Fork Canyon on Sunday was hit when another vehicle lost control and smashed into his truck. Two people, including the tow truck driver, were critically injured.

SPANISH FORK — A tow truck driver assisting a vehicle that slid off the road in Spanish Fork Canyon was hit when another vehicle lost control and smashed into his truck.

Just after 8 p.m. on Sunday, the 27-year-old was pulling a car out of a ditch along U.S. 6 just east of Thistle, Utah County, when another car crossed into oncoming traffic and slid into the front of the tow truck, according to a statement from the Utah Highway Patrol.

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The tow truck was pushed into the driver, who was standing near the rear, causing broken bones in both his legs, the UHP stated. A trooper who was already on scene providing traffic control for the tow truck applied a tourniquet to a compound fracture in one of the man's legs to stop the bleeding, the UHP stated. He was flown by medical helicopter to a local hospital.

A 45-year-old woman who crashed into the tow truck was also flown by helicopter to a hospital in critical condition, the UHP stated.

The road was reportedly icy at the time. Troopers kept U.S. 6 closed for a time even after the medical helicopters had left the scene so Utah Department of Transportation crews could put sand on the slick road.