UHP on Highway 40 Accident

Sometimes when dangerous weather conditions exist, it doesn’t matter what a driver does or doesn’t do; an accident can be the result. A two vehicle accident on Monday took place west of Vernal on Highway 40 under terrible winter road conditions. According to Utah Highway Patrol, a truck traveling west bound near the Port of Entry lost control and spun into the eastbound lane at about 1:18pm. The truck was hit by an SUV traveling eastbound. The driver of the SUV sustained a serious but non-life-threatening injury and was transported to Ashley Regional Medical Center. Both people in the truck were also transported to Ashley Regional in critical condition and at least one was known to have been flown by medical helicopter to a Wasatch Front hospital. Highway 40 was shut down for 53 minutes. The Uintah County Sheriff’s deputies, Gold Cross Ambulance and Vernal Fire Department all assisted Highway Patrol on the accident. Highway Patrol has urged the community to alter travel plans and stay home when winter weather conditions are extreme.


Kristin Baldwin

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.