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May 14, 2013
Four Salt Lake residents survive late-night crash at Simpson Springs

Four Salt Lake residents were rescued more than six hours after crashing their truck in a remote part of Tooele County last weekend.

At about midnight Saturday, Christopher Nuttall, Parker Haworth, Madison Harker and Jessica Doyle were driving on the Pony Express Trail near Simpson Springs when their white pickup lost control and rolled, according to Lt. Jeff Morgan of the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office.

The truck rolled once and landed right-side up off the road,  he said.

Haworth and Harker, who were sitting in the middle, were ejected out of the back of the truck into its bed, Morgan said. Nuttall and Doyle were partially ejected but were both able to get back inside the truck.

Nuttall walked a mile in either direction from the crash site to try to get a cell signal to call for help, but was unsuccessful.  The four, all between the ages of 18 and 20, waited at the truck for a passerby to help. At about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, they were spotted by a passing vehicle, and help was called, said Morgan.

Nuttall, Harker and Doyle were flown by helicopter to Salt Lake hospitals, while Haworth was taken by ambulance to Mountain West Medical Center.

Morgan noted there was no obvious indication of alcohol or other substance use, and the cause of the crash is currently thought to be a combination of speed and grade.

The vehicle were reportedly going about 65 to 75 mph at the time of the crash.

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