Man Climbs Up 40 Foot Ravine Seeking Help After Crash

Emergency response personnel was having a difficult time locating a reported crash on Highway 40 early Sunday morning, that is until the driver of the crashed vehicle climbed out of the 40-foot ravine where his truck and boat ended up. According to Utah Highway Patrol, dispatch received a call at around 5:00am on October 16th that a crash occurred on Highway 40 at mile marker 55, near Strawberry Reservoir. The caller was a motorist who had been flagged down by a pedestrian saying that a man was still in a 2014 Dodge Ram truck towing a boat that had gone down a 40-foot ravine. When emergency personnel arrived, the reporting parties were gone and responders had a difficult time locating the crash. Highway Patrol troopers and medical personnel searched the area for over 2 hours without locating the crash. “During this time, the driver of the truck was able to climb out of the truck, up the embankment, and wave down a passing vehicle,” shares Highway Patrol. Finally, at 7:10am emergency crews were on scene and the 41-year-old man was airlifted to IMC hospital with serious injuries to his legs, back and possible internal injuries. “In talking to the driver, it is believed that fatigue played a role in the crash,” shares Highway Patrol. Investigators say it is believed the crash occurred around2:00am.  

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.