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Troopers: DUI suspect puts 4 Utah teens in the hospital in canyon crash

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Troopers: DUI suspect, Andersen, puts 4 teens in the hospital in canyon crash. (FILE KUTV)

A head-on collision between a KIA with four teenagers and a DUI suspect happened on Thursday in Logan Canyon.

Utah Highway Patrol arrested 45-year-old Dustin Andersen on the suspicion of driving under influence, speeding, and crossing the road median. The crash occurred on US Highway 89 near milepost 469 in Cache County.

The four teens are currently in the hospital, according to Andersen's arresting documents. One of the passengers is paralyzed, according to the arresting document. Some other injuries sustained by the teenagers in the KIA include a fractured femur bone, a punctured lung, and an abdominal contusion.

When Andersen spoke with the police, he said the KIA was driving on the wrong side of the road and hit his Dodge truck. The initial crash investigation and witness statements point to a different conclusion than what Andersen was offering. Troopers pointed to the tire marks on the road that would indicate Andersen was speeding and that his vehicle crossed over the double yellow line before the collision, according to the arresting document.

The arresting officer said the smell of alcohol was noticeable on the suspect in an "open-air environment." He asked Andersen to take a breathalyzer test but he refused. He was transported to the Cache County Jail for a chemical test before going to the hospital for the injuries he sustained in the crash. Andersen was found to be not wearing his seatbelt properly, which is another offense.

2News is working to get more information on the victims of the crash and their current hospital status. This story will be updated if more information about them is released.

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