One dead, three seriously injured in unusual accid

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    By MICHAEL MILLER AND MELISSA ROBERTSON

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    A man is dead, his wife and older daughter are in unstable, critical condition and his younger daughter is in critical condition after a car flipped on the highway and landed on top of their car Thursday evening.

    The accident occured on I-15 near Spanish Fork. Sgt. David Decker from the Utah Highway Patrol said a Subaru Legacy Outback was traveling south when another car tried to pull into its lane. The Subaru swerved into the median, flipped, and landed atop a northbound Honda carrying Shawn M. Sorenson, his wife Elena and daughters Madison, five, and Ashley, three.

    “It basically tore the roof off,” said Trooper Nathan Lindsey from the Utah Highway Patrol.

    The four people in the Honda had to be extricated from their vehicle.

    Lindsey said Sorenson was dead at the accident scene. The family was transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, and the two girls were lifeflighted from there to Primary Children’s Medical Center.

    The two women in the Subaru had minimal injuries. Sean Davis, the first officer to arrive, said they were sitting beside the road when he got there. He said they had mild lacerations and whiplash.

    “They probably had their seat belts on, to survive the collision and be in that good shape,” Decker said.

    The Honda had California license plates. Davis said the two women in the Subaru were from Salt Lake.

    No victims’ names were released before this story went to press.

    Decker said there was no indication any of the cars were speeding. He said it was probably just a case of one car being in another car’s blind spot.

    Amazingly, no other vehicles were damaged in the accident. Decker said the car which caused the Subaru to swerve did not get hit, but its driver did stop to give police a statement.

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