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81-year-old motorist injured in Main Street collision with dump truck

February 15th, 2012 Posted in Opinion

By Mary Stocking

LOGAN—An 81-year-old Logan woman was injured in a collision with a dump truck at Main Street and 400 North shortly before noon Wednesday.

Assistant Logan Police Chief Jeff Curtis said Phyllis Smart’s silver Hyundai Sonata collided with a “loaded” dump truck when Smart attempted to turn across oncoming traffic onto 400 North.

Witnesses said her vehicle was struck on the passenger side and spun into the posts supporting the Phillips 66 gas sign on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Emergency personnel from the Logan police and fire departments and the Cache Sheriff’s Office got Smart out of the car, stabilized her on a stretcher and took her to Logan Regional Hospital with “some lacerations and swelling to her facial area,” Curtis said.

LRH officials said she was treated in the emergency room and then transferred to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.

McKay-Dee spokesman Chris Dallin said late Wednesday that Smart was in fair condition, but could not release details.

The driver of the dump truck, Gene Lee, 39, was uninjured, and no charged had been filed Wednesday, Curtis said.

“The dump truck was headed northbound on Main Street in the outside lane approaching 400 North,” Curtis said.  “The small sedan initiated the left-hand turn in front of the dump truck. The dump truck driver applied his breaks and tried to take evasive maneuvers to avoid the accident, but due to the size of his vehicle he was unable to avoid the collision.”

Curtis said the investigation was continuing Wednesday evening.


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