HURRICANE – In Utah in 2014, over 35,300 people were involved in vehicle crashes triggered by one car following too close behind another, according to data from the Utah Highway Patrol. On state Route 9 Tuesday, a handful of people were added to this year’s tally due to a three-car rear-ending incident.
Around 4:40 p.m., the Utah Highway Patrol responded to a triple-car crash on westbound SR-9 just before the highway overpass marking the entrance to the southbound on-ramp.
A woman in a Honda passenger car in the westbound lanes had begun to slow down for traffic ahead of her, as was a Mazda passenger car behind her when it suddenly ran into her car’s back end.
The driver of a third car in the series, a Ford Focus, didn’t stop in time, UHP Trooper Chris Lewis said, making it a three-car crash.
While damage appeared minimal on the Honda and the Mazda, which were ultimately able to drive away, the front of the Ford Focus was somewhat smashed-in and the hood was folded inward. The Ford was subsequently towed from the scene.
Airbags deployed in the Ford and the driver was a little shaken up, but otherwise unharmed, Lewis said. All of the drivers were wearing seat belts, he said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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