Update: Around 3:25 P.M. Sunday afternoon, a small plane carrying a pilot and a passenger hit a billboard and crashed on the side of I-15 in Roy near exit 338.
“I was preparing dinner and heard a really hard slap noise,” said Scott Miller, a pilot who lives nearby. “I just ran for the freeway. I had a good idea of where it was at. Scaled I think it was a six foot fence, I was able to be the first two or three people on scene.”
When Miller arrived, he found the plane with the pilot and his passenger critically injured inside.
“Both had received a pretty good concussion due to hitting the ground pretty hard,” said Miller. “I was just glad I could be there and help these gentlemen out where I could and tell the proper EMS, and life flight was there to take them away.”
One of the men was life flighted. The other was transported by ambulance.
According to Stuart Hackworth, the Public Information Officer of the Roy City Police Department, the pilot is a flight instructor and the passenger is his student.
They took off from the Ogden Airport, but police say they don’t know yet where they were heading.
Their names and ages are being withheld while police notify family.
“Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing this unfortunately was a really bad one,” said Miller.
A passerby who helped out on the scene also received minor injuries.
All southbound lanes of traffic on I-15 and two northbound lanes were shutdown while emergency crews responded and cleaned up the wreckage.
Investigators say they aren’t sure what caused the plane to crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
ROY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Police say crews are responding to a plane crash on I-15 in Roy Sunday evening.
Utah Highway Patrol says the crash has closed down southbound I-15 mile marker 338 near 31st Street.
Officials say the plane was carrying two male passengers who were transported to the hospital in serious, non-life threatening condition.
UHP official ask drivers to please use I-84 as an alternative to work around the incident. And say northbound traffic please focus on driving while passing the incident so other crashes are avoided.
This is a developing story. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
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