BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) Brigham City Police issues warning after five teens were sent to the hospital following a crash in Brigham City.
Brigham City Police Assistant Chief Dennis Vincent said the crash happened Friday night just after 9 p.m. when a 16-year-old female driving a 1997 Jeep SUV and jumped the railroad tracks at 1500 North 800 West.
“The girl was headed east and jumped the tracks and on the other side was a power pole,” Vincent said. “The impact ejected three teens that were riding in the backseat of the car.”
Vincent said there were five teens inside the car at the time of the crash.
“All of them were sent to the hospital in Brigham City, however a 16-year-old male in the backseat was then taken by Life Flight to Primary Children’s, and a 16-year-old female, also riding in the back, was taken by ambulance to Primary Children’s as well,” Vincent said.
The three others, including the driver, have already been released from the hospital. Vincent said there was a 16-year old female in the front passenger seat and a 17-year-old male in addition to the two others, in the back.
It is not known if any of the teens were wearing seat belts.
The accident is still under investigation and Vincent said it is possible the driver will face a reckless driving citation.
The crash is bringing back a lot of memories for the small community of Brigham City where in 1987 four teens were killed after jumping the same tracks and being struck by a train. Three females were killed instantly and a male teen, 16-year-old Jonathan Simper died at the hospital. Simper’s heart was transplanted into his 63-year-old grandfather who had just recently been placed on the transplant list.
“It’s just tragic to lose young teens, and this accident Friday night could have been so much worse,” Vincent said. “Teens in particular, when driving with other teens, tend to do things they would not normally do, and they are often distracted by their friends.”
There have been several accidents involving groups of teens over the past several months in Utah.
On Feb 16, two teen boys from West High School were killed when the car they were riding in, driven by a teen friend, crashed head on into another car near their school, sending a pregnant woman to the hospital who later delivered her baby prematurely.
In Nov 2016, five teens were involved in an accident in Draper that killed two 16-year-old Corner Canyon High School Students.
And in October 2016, six Orem High School students were involved in a rollover on their way to their Homecoming dance. Everyone survived.
Zero Fatalities of Utah continues to have parent and teen events throughout February and March to teach the importance of safe teen driving. For more information on when and where, please visit their website ut.zerofatalities.com.