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Utah teen 'very critical' after falling from moving truck

Published February 9, 2012 9:09 am

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A 16-year-old boy was in "very critical" condition Thursday, a day after he fell while attempting to climb from the passenger side window into the bed of a moving pickup truck.

West Jordan police Sgt. Drew Sanders said the 3 p.m. Wednesday incident remained under investigation, and no citations or charges were immediately filed.

The boy was in the truck with the 18-year-old driver near 9044 S. Granada Hills Drive (4730 West) when the 16-year-old decided to get into the back of the truck. When the driver looked to see what his passenger was up to, the truck swerved and the driver overcorrected; the teen lost his balance and fell to the pavement.

Investigators were uncertain how fast the truck was going, but it was in a residential area. There was no sign of alcohol or drugs being factors in the incident, police said.

The victim and the driver are believed to be students at Copper Hills High School and may have been on their way home from classes, police said.

The boy was drifting in and out of consciousness when he was transported to the hospital with head injuries.

remims@sltrib.com