UDOT and Garden City Mayor eyeing fix for Bear Lake Boulevard

Aug 21, 2019, 6:29 PM | Updated: May 15, 2020, 4:05 pm
UDOT runaway truck ramp Garden City...
UDOT says they will build a runaway truck ramp at the intersection of US-89 and SR 30 in Garden City. FILE PHOTO: A dump truck hauling asphalt lost its brakes coming east down NB SR-89 (MM 499) at the T-intersection of N Bear Lake Blvd. in Garden City. (Photo credit: Matt Rascon, Steven Breinholt)
(Photo credit: Matt Rascon, Steven Breinholt)

SALT LAKE CITY — Within the last week, there have been two dangerous crashes on Highway 89 in Garden City, a small town near Bear Lake and about an hour from Logan.

And a year ago, another crash in the same area was fatal.

That’s why Garden City Mayor Mike Leonhardt wants to put a brake check station in the area by next week. And the Utah Department of Transportation is considering a runaway truck ramp or a cable system to stop semi-trucks from blowing through that stop sign.

Three accidents within one year

On Tuesday, the brakes went out on a dump truck hauling asphalt as it traveled north on Highway 89 at the intersection of North Bear Lake Boulevard (also referred to as State Route 30.) With no way to stop the truck drove through the intersection and through the parking lot of Raspberry Square. The truck finally stopped after it hit three garages attached to a condominium complex.

Even though two of the truck’s tires caught fire and the truck driver had to be extricated from the truck, they were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

And a witness thinks the truck had brake trouble.  “It was apparent, at that point he couldn’t stop. And as we ran over there, of course, the brake smell was just totally evident,”  George Vogel told KSL Newsradio.

Last week, on August 15, the Utah Highway Patrol reported that a semi-truck hauling chocolate milk flew through the same intersection of Highway 89 and State Route 30 and slammed into a storage shed. The shed was destroyed, and the driver had to be hospitalized with his injuries.

After the second crash, Garden City Mayor Mike Leonhardt said he couldn’t believe it.  “If I would have said that this would happen five days ago, and then another one? It just doesn’t happen,” he told KSL Newsradio.

The same intersection was the scene of a fatal accident last year.  In October 2018 truck driver Ahmed Abdelgader died after his truck smashed into Pugstones Sporting. That store was destroyed and never rebuilt.


Today’s Top Stories

FILE - Hershel "Woody" Williams, center, the sole surviving U.S. Marine to be awarded the Medal of ...
The Associated Press

Last remaining WWII Medal of Honor recipient dies at 98

A 98-year-old man from West Virginia, who was the last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II has died.
23 hours ago
The Associated Press

Toll now at 53 in San Antonio as families wait for answers

The families of the dead migrants found inside a tractor-trailer earlier this week are waiting for answers.
23 hours ago
Mark Jones

Suspect taken into custody after firing shots in Kearns

A shelter in place was issued Wednesday evening in Kearns after an 18-year-old male fired a weapon at a family member fled the scene through a residential area.
23 hours ago
Police car sirens....
Mark Jones

Two people are in critical condition following two-vehicle car crash

Washington City Police report two people were injured following a two-car crash Wednesday afternoon. The crash occurred around 4 pm.
23 hours ago
Lina Reyes Geddes, of Youngstown, Ohio, has been identified as the victim in a 1998 homicide cold c...
Mark Jones

Garfield County cold case homicide is brought to a close

Authorities in Utah and Ohio announced Wednesday the closure of a Garfield County cold case that dates back to April 20, 1998.
23 hours ago
FILE - This Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, file photo shows application icons from left, Facebook, Facebook...
Curt Gresseth

Expert gives tips on conquering your downward social-media scroll

Are you addicted to the social-media scroll? An expert weighs in on what you can do to slow the scroll.
23 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
UDOT and Garden City Mayor eyeing fix for Bear Lake Boulevard