Seat belts likely saved several lives in frightening Spanish Fork rollover

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SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC4 News) – Troopers say seat belts most likely saved the lives of multiple people who walked away from a frightening rollover crash in Spanish Fork Canyon Saturday afternoon. 

Utah Highway Patrol trooper Lawrence Hopper said the crash happened on U.S. Highway 6 at 3:30 p.m. when the driver of a sedan was headed west and was going too fast for the conditions, failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of her vehicle. The car rolled up the side of the embankment, then rolled back down again and hit the back of a semitrailer traveling the same direction. 

Hopper said all five people in the sedan as well as the driver of the truck were wearing seat belts and this could have, and often does, end up much worse. 

A medical helicopter was dispatched because injuries were not known at the time of the call however all walked away from the crash with no injuries. 

Hooper said this is a good reminder of how these individuals are still with us today because they all had their seat belts on and to pay close attention to road conditions and to slow down. 

On the Utah Highway Patrol website they say that 45 % of people not wearing their seat belts in a crash were killed. Three out of four people ejected died as a result of their injuries.

If you or anyone in your vehicle are not properly restrained, you can be issued a $45 citation. A seat belt fine is waived upon completion of an online, 30 minute seat belt safety course. Contact the Utah Safety County at 801-746-SAFE (7233) or online at utahsafetycouncil.org

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