Trailer tractor crashes into restaurant near Price, 3 people injured

A speeding trailer tractor crashed into a restaurant in Wellington early Wednesday morning, the Utah Highway Patrol reported.

At approximately 6:30 a.m., an eastbound tractor-trailer was traveling at a fast speed in the winter weather conditions.

The trailer left the road and collided with the restaurant.

The restaurant owner told troopers that his wife was trapped inside, UHP reported. The woman said she was injured as authorities entered the building to rescue her.

Troopers say all of three people are “doing okay… considering.” They are being treated at Castleview Hospital for minor injuries.

One lane of state route 6 is temporarily closed.

The Wellington Police Department says traffic will need to follow 400 W. to Railroad Avenue, then 100 East and south to Ridge Road, then east to get to state route 6.

Troopers stationed in Price are reporting a semi truck that has crashed into a restaurant in Wellington off SR-6. All occupants are out of the restaurant and are doing okay…considering. One lane currently closed on SR-6. Additional details and pics to follow.

Wellington Elementary School has been closed because the power in the area will be shut off.

Police say all of the students made it to school safely and will be bused home.

Power, gas and tow companies are assessing the damage caused by the crash.


The business involved is obviously closed, the police department wrote in a Facebook post.


WYDOT to make big improvements to 45-mile stretch of interstate that truckers hate

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has announced plans to make improvements to increase safety for truck drivers on a 45 mile stretch of interstate notorious for high winds and severe winter weather.

After winning a $20 million federal grant, WYDOT announced that they will be making improvements to I-80 between Laramie and Rawlins as part of a project called the “I-80 Winter Freight Improvement Project.”

One of the biggest changes WYDOT is planning is adding truck parking to give drivers a safe place to wait for weather conditions to improve. WYDOT has plans to create two truck parking areas at Walcott Junction and Quealy Dome. Each of the truck parking areas will accommodate about 100 trucks. The truck parking areas will also be equipped with “communication devices” to allow WYDOT to share travel information with the drivers.

The planned improvements also include adding truck passing lanes two miles eastbound over Halleck Ridge and 3.53 miles westbound between Cooper Cove and Quealy Dome Road. WYDOT says that these passing lanes should reduce the number of secondary crashes that occur when the interstate reopens after a crash.

WYDOT Director Bill Panos said, “The proposed project will benefit the regional transportation system by promoting more effective truck traffic movement. The project constructs additional lanes in areas where trucks slow down because of steeper grades, allowing cars and trucks to pass and reducing driver fatigue.”

Work on the project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2021.

WYDOT says that 2,600 traffic accidents (1,323 of which involved trucks) occurred on I-80 between Laramie and Rawlins between 2008 and 2017.

Person dies in auto pedestrian crash involving semi on I-35

– Southbound I-35 near Middle Fiskville Road was shut down for several hours after a person was killed in a crash involving a semi.

Austin police say this was the first traffic fatality of the year. The person killed has only been identified as a white man in his 30s.

Officials say the man was trying to cross the interstate in the 9500 block of I-35 South when he was hit by a semi truck just before 6:30 a.m.

Police shut down all southbound lanes while they investigated the crash. Lanes were reopened at around 10 a.m.

Officials say no charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the semi.

Slick roads, accidents reported across Mid-Michigan

Multiple accidents are being reported across Mid-Michigan due in part to icy roads.


Isabella/Midland County:

Eastbound US-10 has re-opened following a crash

The closure was between M-18 in Midland County and Loomis Road in Isabella County.

One lane of westbound US-10 was also blocked at Loomis Road but has since re-opened.

Clare City Police reported numerous crashes near Coleman, including one involving a semi-truck and trailer.

Bay County:

Bay County Central Dispatch reported that northbound I-75 is flowing again.

Traffic was being diverted onto Linwood Road/mile marker 173, due to a jackknifed semi blocking both lanes.

Saginaw County:

Saginaw County Central Dispatch reported a multi-vehicle crash at Gratiot and Westchester in Saginaw Township. Three vehicles were involved. That scene has cleared.

Tittabawassee Township Police also responded to a multi-vehicle crash on M-47, just north of the Midland Road split, that scene has also cleared.

Shiawassee County:

Westbound I-69 at M-71 Exit 118 had traffic blocked due to a semi-truck fire, that incident has now cleared.

Genesee County:

Southbound M-54 at Bristol Road has one lane closed after a water main break.

A Utah man is facing a felony charge after he faked being hit by a tanker truck hauling milk.

A Hyrum man faces multiple counts after police say he faked being hit by a truck at an intersection where he had “previously reported concerns about semi-trucks cutting the corner.”

According to a probable cause statement, a large group — seven Cache County Sheriff’s deputies, two Utah High Patrol troopers, a Cache County ambulance and Hyrum first responders — was called out on Saturday, after Jeremy Sharp, 33, reported someone had been hit by a truck at the intersection of 500 W. 400 North in Hyrum.

Sharp “refused to provide dispatch with any other details and said that he was not near the patient.”

When authorities arrived, Sharp was lying on his back just outside the travel lane on the southbound side of 500 West. He had “no apparent injuries, there were no tracks or other indications that an accident involving a vehicle had occurred.”

But Sharp told police “he had been hit by a tanker truck hauling milk,” and that the previous night he “had been hit by a tanker truck hauling gasoline.” EMTs examined Sharp “from head to toe” but could find no sign of trauma, and Sharp did not indicate he was in any pain.

Sharp was texting on his phone while EMTs examined him, and “dispatch updated us that they were receiving texts through 911 from Jeremy asking for assistance.”

Sharp was lifted into an ambulance, where EMTs could find no injuries. As he was exiting the ambulance, he “went limp and began to collapse to the ground.” Police officers carried Sharp to a patrol vehicle and told him he was under arrest for falsely reporting an accident to 911; Sharp “immediately began pulling away … despite being ordered to stop resisting.”

Sharp has been charged in 1st District Court with falsely reporting an emergency a third-degree felony; interfering with an arresting officer, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.