SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah State athletes injured in a crash apparently were not wearing seatbelts when their SUV was struck by a semi carrying 52,000 pounds of milk.
Four football players, all defensive linemen, and a former softball player were hurt in Trenton on Friday when a tractor-trailer collided with their SUV. Trenton is 20 miles north of Logan, where the university is located.
The driver, Travis Seefeldt, was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital. Sarah Vasquez was in the front passenger seat and also was airlifted. Edmund Faimalo, Adewald Adeoye and John Taylor were taken to hospitals in ambulances.
The university said Saturday that all five are improving and in stable condition, adding that all of them will remain hospitalized overnight.
Truck driver Steve Randall, 46, and his 11-year-old passenger son were medically cleared on the scene.
The Utah Highway Patrol said Saturday preliminary indications show none of the athletes was wearing a seatbelt. It added that the semi hit SUV on the driver’s side and pushed it 75 yards. The athletes’ Chevy Tahoe was eastbound on state Route 142 when it pulled into the intersection with state Route 23.
Seefeldt could be ticketed for failure to yield, Patrol spokesman Jacob Cox said. The semi had the right of way because there were stop signs on Route 142.
“We will do everything we can to help all the student-athletes involved … and will give them all the love and support they need,” Aggies football coach Matt Wells said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.”
Seefeldt, a senior from Peoria, Arizona, had 35 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and two sacks last season.
Adeoye is freshman from St. Louis, Faimalo a junior from Riverside, California, and Taylor a senior from Colton, California. Vasquez, also from Colton, California, completed her college career this year.