Five family members are recovering a month after an accident on state Route 36 in Erda.
A fundraiser will be held on April 17 to help cover medical expenses for the family.
On Feb 27, at 9:04 p.m. a young man was traveling southbound in a Dodge Ram 2500 in the area of mile marker 60 on SR-36.
The driver of the Dodge was traveling too fast for road conditions at the time and lost control of his vehicle to the left, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
His vehicle hopped the concrete divider at the same time a blue Ford F-150, containing the Logan Family — a mother, father, and their three children — was traveling northbound in the same area, Nick Street, public information officer at the Utah Highway Patrol, told the Transcript Bulletin.
The vehicles collided and ended up on the right shoulder in the weeds.
The driver of the Dodge Ram was later identified as an 18-year-old male named Treyton Ellis. Ellis was pronounced dead on the scene.
The father of the family, mother, and one of the children in the Ford F-150, were transported in critical condition by ambulance to a hospital.
Paulette Daybell, a family friend, has provided an update on the Logan family on behalf of the family.
“Eric Logan, the father and driver, had the most and worst injuries,” Daybell said. “He has a left broken arm, broke both pelvis bones, two broken femurs, broke his left knee and right foot. He had his ribs shattered, his left ear drum broke, orbital bone and his jaw. He had to have multiple surgeries to repair all this and there are more surgeries in his future.”
Currently, Eric is in a skilled nursing facility and recently had the cast removed from his left arm.
“He is working on range of motion in his legs and he will undergo another surgery to replace his missing elbow,” said Daybell.
Kim Logan, the mother of the family, came out of the accident with a broken clavicle, three breaks in her left arm, along with nerve damage, a broken sternum, and 12 broken ribs, among other injuries, according to Daybell.
“She is now recovering at home with her children but requires assistance for daily living and care of the children,” said Daybell. “She has the cast removed from her left arm and is working on rehabilitation. It is unknown what can be done on the spinal fractures she has. She will be in a back brace for a while.”
The oldest son came out of the accident with broken ribs.
“He has sleeping problems from the trauma but that has gotten better,” said Daybell. “He is an ‘A’ student and trying to catch up on school.”
The middle son suffered from a large rupture of his intestine after the accident and had to undergo emergency surgery.
He also has a broken clavicle and an acute brain injury, or concussion. He recently had stitches and tubing removed and is doing well, according to Daybell.
The youngest daughter walked away from the accident with bruised lungs.
“She is doing well,” Daybell said. “She just misses her daddy.”
Due to the current pandemic, the children can’t visit their father in the skilled nursing facility.
“This has had an emotional impact on them,” stated Daybell. “This is the first time in 15 years that Eric has been apart from his family.”
On March 9, Chubby’s Café in Tooele held a fundraiser for the Logan family and for Treyton Ellis.
“The Logan family wants to thank everyone in the community for helping them. Especially Chubby’s for their day of donations to both us and the Ellis family,” said Daybell.
On Saturday, April 17, there will be a multi-family craft and yard sale with food trucks to raise money for the recovery of the Logan family.
The food trucks Utah Killer Dogs and Snowies of Tooele will be at the event.
The food trucks will be at 1382 E. Erda Way from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. but the crafts and yard sale will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.