Driver fleeing officers crashes into tractor-trailer

Sheriff: Woman earlier intentionally ran into another vehicle

Emergency responders tend to a critically injured female who was involved in a collision between a tractor-trailer and the passenger vehicle she was driving Wednesday evening while reportedly fleeing from law enforcement. The driver of the passenger vehicle was critically injured. Photo by Doug McMurdo

Wednesday night’s tractor-trailer versus passenger vehicle crash on Highway 191 occurred during a pursuit with law enforcement, according to Grand County Sheriff’s Lt. Kim Neal.

The female driver was critically injured in the crash, which occurred at about 6 p.m. at milepost 122 south of the Shell station at Spanish Trail Road. She was taken to Moab Regional Hospital and from there flown by air ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

Troopers said the driver crossed the double-yellow lines into the northbound lane for unknown reasons when the crash occurred. 

Neal said deputies earlier in the day responded to an incident in which he said the woman intentionally ran into another vehicle. A deputy later spotted a vehicle that matched the description in the area of 400 East. He attempted to stop the driver, who instead headed south on Highway 191 at 400 East.

Law enforcement with lights and sirens pursued the driver for roughly three miles when the driver collided with the tractor-trailer, which was headed north, said Neal. No information on what speeds were reached during the chase was made available.

The driver was transported to Moab Regional Hospital with unknown injuries. The truck driver was not injured, according to troopers.

Neal said that he was unsure whether the driver was local but that she had a local address on her license.

Officers from the Moab Police Department joined their counterparts at GCSO en masse as highway traffic was diverted at Spanish Trail Road to the north and Stocks Drive south of the crash site, where they accessed Spanish Valley Drive. Traffic was impacted for about three hours.

An ambulance driver with Grand County EMS transports the critically injured driver of a car that crossed the centerline into the path of a tractor-trailer Wednesday during a pursuit with law enforcement. Photo by Doug McMurdo