Pileup Shuts Down State Street, Leads Police to Stolen Cars

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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A four car pile up in South Salt Lake leads police to two stolen vehicles and one of the suspects fleeing from police.

Around 9:30 this morning an officer was trying to perform a traffic stop on a truck that was traveling a higher rate of speed than the posted speed limit.  Rather than following the officer pulled back and called for back up.  Seconds later the truck was involved in a four car accident at the intersection of 3900 S and State Street. 

“We have a male adult that was traveling eastbound on 3900 S at a high rate of speed. That individual then ran a red light and struck a BMW that was making a legal left turn to go southbound on State,” said Lt. Mitch Howard with South Salt Lake Police.,

The force of the impact pushed the BMW into a Subaru and then into a motorcycle that was in the northbound lanes of traffic. 

In a strange turn of events as officers were attending to the injured they discovered that not only the truck was stolen but so was the Subaru.

“Initial officers on scene while attending to the victims, the individual in the other stolen vehicle got out and ran on foot and has not been identified at this time,” said Howard.

Police are calling this a crazy coincidence as neither of the stolen vehicles involved in the crash were connected.  The passengers in the cars suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  The individual on the motorcycle is in critical condition.

“The motorcyclist was unconscious at the scene and was transported,” said Howard.

The accident caused a slow down in traffic in the area and diversion around the scene as officers spent several hours investigating what happened.

“All traffic northbound or southbound will be directed through the intersection to go either East or West and any traffic that is eastbound from Main St. to State will be directed also,” added Howard.

Since 5:00 this afternoon traffic in the area was flowing as normal.  Now police need the public’s help in finding the person driving the stolen Subaru.  They’re asking anyone who was around the scene when the accident occurred to contact police and give them  any details.

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