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LOOK: Family “Lucky To Be Alive” After Car Smashed, Dragged Under Fuel Tanker

The Utah Highway Patrol said there were amazingly no injuries when a car became crunched and trapped under a tanker truck. (Photo: Brian Champagne, KSL TV)
The Utah Highway Patrol said there were amazingly no injuries when a car became crunched and trapped under a tanker truck. (Photo: Brian Champagne, KSL TV)

A family of three is lucky to be alive following an accident that placed them directly under a tanker truck. Police say Heather Slack of Eagle Mountain was driving westbound on the I-80 yesterday with her two children when the accident happened.

The Utah Highway Patrol said there were amazingly no injuries when a car became crunched and trapped under a tanker truck. (Photo: Brian Champagne, KSL TV)
The Utah Highway Patrol said there were amazingly no injuries when a car became crunched and trapped under a tanker truck. (Photo: Brian Champagne, KSL TV)

The mother was driving their green Toyota Avalon with her daugher in the passenger seat and her son in the backseat.

Their car was driving on I-80 and changed lanes as the road curved near near East Canyon. Somehow the vehicle hit a patch of black ice and was shot across, crashing right into an oil truck and got stuck right in the middle.

The oil tanker was carrying up to 8000 gallons of fuel.

The Utah Highway Patrol said there were amazingly no injuries when a car became crunched and trapped under a tanker truck. (Photo: Brian Champagne, KSL TV)
The Utah Highway Patrol said there were amazingly no injuries when a car became crunched and trapped under a tanker truck. (Photo: Brian Champagne, KSL TV)

The car was dragged under the truck about 150 to 200 yards, but the family miraculously survived the accident and were able to walk away without a scratch.

Slack and her daughter and son were checked out by paramedics and released at the scene.

According to news report, the accident may have been caused by Slack going too fast for conditions, a good reminder for all motorists to slow down in the winter and be aware that black ice may exist on cold days, even if the roads look clear.

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