Three Alabama residents were hospitalized after a semitrailer hauling apples rolled off U.S. 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon Utah. The accident happened when the tractor-trailer rolled over and down onto Union Pacific railroad tracks below. All three passengers in the cab of the truck were ejected, said Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Rich Nielson.Laura Fannin, 26, of Dozier, Ala., a passenger in the truck, was transported to an area hospital by medical helicopter. The driver, Jirden Mcinvale, 28, of Georgiana, Ala., and passenger Christopher Odom, 39, of Andalusia, Ala., were taken to an area hospital by ambulance. All three occupants of the truck were in critical condition.
Speed is believed to be a factor in this horrific crash. Investigators were still trying to determine if any of the occupants were wearing safety belts as all three were ejected from their vehicle. Many of the injuries that were sustained could’ve been avoided if the driver and the two passengers would’ve worn their seat belts. Along with the traffic on the highway, Union Pacific railroads had to shut down all train traffic in the area because the wreckage was sitting atop the rails. The accident also split the trailer open and cartons of apples were littered throughout the crash site.
The Personal Injury Lawyers of Utah would like to send our thoughts to the victims and their families and hope for a speedy recovery.