10-year-old unresponsive after father crashes into slow-moving dump truck

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GRAND COUNTY — A boy was flown to the hospital after being critically injured in a crash on Interstate 70 Sunday morning.

Emergency personnel responded to a crash involving a Nissan Altima and a dump truck at approximately 6:05 a.m. at the I-70/Crescent Junction interchange north of Moab. Several people were reported as injured, including an initial report of 10-year-old boy who was not breathing and who had no pulse when responders arrived.

A father with his two children passengers was eastbound on I-70 in the Nissan when he came up behind a dump truck that was traveling at a slow pace, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lawrence Hopper said.

“The driver of the Nissan didn’t realize how slow the dump truck was going,” Hopper said, “and ran into the back of the dump truck.”

Medical personnel from Grand County EMS arrived at about 6:35 a.m., and a medical helicopter was also dispatched to the scene.

The 10-year-old boy didn’t have a pulse,” Hopper said.

EMTs performed CPR on the boy, and he regained his pulse. He was then flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction in critical condition.

The driver of the Altima was transported to Moab Regional Hospital with his other son in stable condition.

The driver and passenger of the dump truck had bumps and bruises, Hopper said, but they were not sent to the hospital.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing seat belts, Hopper said, and impairment is not suspected as a contributor to the crash.

No citation had been issued at the time this report was taken.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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7 Comments

  • Sapphire November 27, 2017 at 8:26 am

    In what world wouldn’t you see an enormous dump truck isn’t going slower than you? In what world wouldn’t you know that a giant dump truck probably couldn’t go very fast anyway? Sounds like distraction going on. So much for protecting his kids being a priority.

  • DRT November 27, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Sounds like a serious case of driving while having an anal/Crainial inversion. You see it all the time.

  • comments November 27, 2017 at 11:02 am

    man, you people are icy cold. this is not good at all. There actually is a legal minimum speed for the interstate.

  • Rob83 November 27, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Hazard lights should have been on right? People driving this huge dangerous vehicles need better training, if I know to turn on hazard lights if I can’t hit the speed limit..

    • comments November 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      flashers at the least. There’s a reason why the law requires oversize slow moving vehicles to have escort vehicles with flashing lights also

  • jigsywinnietippy12 November 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Hazard / emergency / flasher lights should always be used for slow moving or stopped traffic. I use them when I am stopped at a crosswalk, if someone is trying to walk across the street, hoping no one smashes into my car, or tries to pass me. I have noticed that it does help people slow down a little. It’s a good idea to know where it is in your car, so you can use it fast, if needed.

    • comments November 28, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      I was cruising down the interstate in a rural part of idaho one day; was going about the speed limit of 75 i think. Came over a hill and was somewhat taken by surprise by a big flat bed trailer going only about 20mph. he was using no flashers. Fact is: slow moving traffic can be very hazardous on a fast freeway. If they’re moving extremely slow you come up on them very very fast, esp with a typical speed in that crecent junction area of UT of 80-87mph. If a dump truck or whatever can’t reach at least 45mph by the end of a freeway merge they are likely causing a road hazard. hope the boy recovers

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