Friday night, emergency crews responded to a 61-year-old Spanish Fork woman who was trapped in her vehicle after her car slid down a 20 feet embankment. According to an article featured on Fox13.com, the Utah County Sheriff Department reported the crash happened just around 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The accident occurred on Emma Park Road located in the south-east corner of Utah County.
Apparently, the crash happened when the woman approached a curve in the road. The road traverses some railroad tracks and the combination of that, the driver’s speeding, and the light ice cover caused the driver to slid off the road. The car hit a Jersey barrier, slipped across the street and went down a 20 feet steep embankment. Shortly thereafter, a passing driver saw the tracks leading over the edge and decided to investigate. The driver looked down over the embankment to see the car with the headlights still on. Firefighters were able to cut the woman from her car and took her to the hospital. Officers involved in the incident cautioned, “Drive carefully all the time, but especially when driving on remote, snow-covered roads in sub-freezing temperatures!”
We hope the woman involved in this accident is okay. We are glad she was found. This situation could have ended much worse. At The Advocates, we cannot overemphasize the importance of the police officer’s advice. Whenever the weather is cold, drivers need to utilize the utmost caution while driving. Drivers especially need to avoid speeding when roads are slick. This story also emphasizes having a charged cell phone and a charger in your car. This act can keep you safe if you are caught in a sticky situation. You will be able to call for help. It is possible that in this specific accident, the location had spotty cell phone reception, in which case, the best defense is to simply drive carefully.