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Serious injuries in 3-car collision

Emergency response workers extricate one of the crash victims from the wreckage.

By C.J. McMANUS
Sun Advocate associate editor

An elderly man is receiving critical care and his wife's health is in serious condition following a three car collision on U.S. Highway 6.

According to Utah Highway Patrol Sergeant John Kelley, the elderly couple's 2013 silver Ford Fusion was hit from the rear by a 2012 white Nissan pickup at 4:39 p.m. on May 7 while they were stopped in a construction zone near mile marker 260. The Fusion was then thrown forward into a grey 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe and spun off the south side of the road.

"Several cars were stopped for that flagging operation," said Kelley, as he detailed the incident. "We aren't talking about someone hitting the first car stopped in a line."

The Nissan's driver, 37-year-old Jeremy Kinder of Frutia, Colo. was transported to Castleview Hospital for treatment with serious facial lacerations, said Kelley. He reportedly made impact with the truck's windshield after hitting the Fusion. He was not wearing a seat belt, said Kelley.

Kinder was cited by the UHP for Failing to Stop for a Construction Flagger.

The Fusion's occupants Teddy Ekker, 82, and his wife Iona Ekker, 79, were at a dead stop when the Nissan made impact with the rear of their vehicle, reported Kelley. They were also transported to Castleview for treatment, before Teddy was flown to an unknown Wasatch Front medical facility.

"He is still in critical condition," said Kelley.

The Tahoe's occupants were treated on scene and released.

Kelley is getting his troopers ready for a difficult period as those who patrol the highways prepare for the most difficult three months of the year.

"We are just starting into construction season and the 100 deadliest days of the year for traffic," said Kelley. "A great many accidents and deaths could be avoided if motorists would wear their seatbelts, slow down and watch for construction."

Kelley asked that drivers be ready to come to a complete stop at all times when they enter any construction zone.




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