Big Rig Smashes Into Restaurant Off Of Icy State Route 6 In Utah
Wellington, Utah – The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) says a tractor-trailer was traveling too fast for the snowy, icy conditions when the driver lost control and slammed into a restaurant in a small Utah town on Wednesday.
Authorities say the accident happened about 6:30 a.m. off of a State Route 6 that runs through the town of Wellington. A big rig smashed into Los Jilbertos restaurant, which was open, injuring three people including the restaurant owner’s wife.
State troopers rescued the woman who they say was trapped in the wreckage and suffered minor injuries. The restaurant owner and the trucker also suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment, UHP reported. No other people were inside the restaurant at the time of the accident.
Some drone shots of the scene in Wellington. pic.twitter.com/vQT5OmCHhh
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Images provided by UHP show the restaurant’s snow-covered roof ripped off, the semi-trailer’s cab wedged into a corner of the building, and the trailer jack-knifed from the impact.
The crash knocked out electrical and gas service to part of Wellington, a community of about 1,600 residents about two hours southeast of Salt Lake City. The power outage closed the town’s elementary school.
UHP’s investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made or citations have been issued at this time.