Highway Patrol Says Alcohol a Factor in Highway 40 Crash

A near head-on collision left both occupants of the vehicles in serious condition on Highway 40 near Gusher on Saturday. According to Utah Highway Patrol, an 18-year-old female was driving a gray 2004 Ford Expedition eastbound and was observed crossing the center medium at least twice. A man driving a black 2008 Ford F-150 westbound tried to avoid collision as the Expedition traveled into his lane but the vehicles struck nearly head on at about 12:16pm. Highway Patrol reports that medical personnel detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage on the 18-year-old female driver and when asked if she had consumed alcohol she indicated that she had. She was taken to Ashley Regional Medical Center in extremely critical condition and was then flown to a Wasatch Front hospital. The male driver was transported to Uintah Basin Medical Center for his injuries. Highway 40 was closed for about 20 minutes and traffic remained backed up for over an hour.   

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