Highway 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon was closed on Sunday evening as two separate helicopters landed to transport injured parties following a nighttime accident.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), the incident occurred at 8:06 p.m. at mile post 193. At that time, a UHP trooper was providing traffic control for a tow truck that was pulling a vehicle out of a ditch in the southbound emergency lane following a slide off.
“A northbound black vehicle came into the area, lost control and crossed over to the opposite side of the roadway,” UHP shared. “The out-of-control vehicle slid into the front end of the tow truck, The tow driver was at the back area of the tow truck. The front/passenger area of the northbound car impacted the front/right area of the tow truck.”
The 27-year-old driver of the tow truck sustained broken bones in both legs and a compound fracture to one of his legs. The UHP Trooper applied a tourniquet to the compound fracture to stop the bleeding. Also, the 45-year-old female passenger of the northbound car sustained critical injuries.
“Both lanes of SR-6 were closed so two separate helicopters could be landed for the injured,” shared UHP. “The lanes were also then kept closed so UDOT could come and apply sand to the icy roadway.”
The lanes reopened just before 10 p.m.
Names of the parties involved and their updated condition has not been released at this time.