OGDEN — Five people injured in a seven-car accident Monday night didn’t have to wait long for medical help.
An eyewitness said an ambulance was waiting to turn just before 6 p.m. when the driver of a Hummer sped through a red light at 12th Street and Harrison Boulevard and hit three other vehicles.Click here to see a witness talk about the accident.
A fourth car rear-ended a truck involved in the accident.
“I was terrified,” said Christi Yarrington, of Ogden.
She said she was heading north on Harrison and was about to turn left onto 12th Street when the Hummer sped in front of her, hit a minivan and became airborne.
The Hummer then hit head-on both a Subaru and a pickup truck that were in the turning lanes to go north onto Harrison Boulevard.
The Hummer landed on its side.
A third car was damaged as it rear-ended the pickup truck that was hit.
“She was going so fast,” Yarrington said of the Hummer’s driver. “I saw a blur and then the accident.”
Yarrington later wondered if the driver of the Hummer had some type of medical issue. “She had a handicapped license plate.”
Ogden Police Lt. Troy Burnett said two people in the minivan, the woman driver of the Hummer and a woman and a small child from the Subaru all were taken to the hospital.
Another eyewitness, Taliah Thornock, of North Ogden, said she was just behind Yarrington and that an ambulance was a few vehicles behind her, able to respond immediately to the scene.
“That poor lady in the car,” Thornock said. “They tore it apart.”
Thornock was referring to the woman in the Subaru. Witnesses said besides the woman and child, a man was also in that car.
Rescue workers gave the woman first aid while firefighters cut the top from her vehicle to get her out.
Thornock said she is trained as an emergency medical technician and has ridden with emergency responders before.
“If they weren’t there, I could have helped,” she said.
She talked about how much more scared she was to witness an accident as opposed to arriving to the aftermath.
“It was the scariest thing I ever witnessed,” she said.
A woman who had been in one of two vehicles that were damaged by debris said she was shaken by the crashes. The debris-damaged vehicles appeared to have been stopped, waiting to go east through the Harrison Boulevard intersection.
“I heard a bang, and I covered my head when it hit,” she said, noting that she saw debris flying. “I thought it was only glass, but that side of my car needs to be replaced.”
The woman, who identified herself as Ada, of North Ogden, said the accident surprised her.
“You think everything is OK, and the next thing you know — boom.”
Two people said they would possibly have been involved in the crashes had they not stopped to eat on their way home from their jobs.
“I am a nondriver, and this is the reason I don’t drive,” said Mellissa Kuns, of Ogden.
Her husband, Bryant, noticed one of the Hummer’s tires about 200 yards away from where the vehicle came to rest.
“I guess everyone is getting a new car today,” he said.