MURRAY - Help Santa and Mrs. Claus kick off the holiday season Saturday as they arrive by the Fire Engine Express to light the city's live Christmas tree.
The event is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Murray City Hall, 5025 S. State. Parking is available at the rear of the building.
Following the lighting ceremony, Santa and Mrs. Claus will meet with children indoors and hand out treats. Music will be provided by the Hillcrest Junior High School Choir.
The event is sponsored by the Murray Shade Tree & Beautification Commission and Murray City Power. For more information, call 801- 264-2729.
Man, 23, dies after crash on Thanksgiving
SALT LAKE CITY - A 23-year-old who crashed into a flatbed truck on I-215 Thursday afternoon has died, officials said.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Austin Atack, of Salt Lake City, was driving a Nissan car eastbound on I-215 South when he hit a commercial truck loaded with empty 55 gallon barrels from behind "at a high rate of speed."
Both the truck and the car went off the right shoulder, where the truck hit the concrete sound wall, officials said. The bed of the truck caused severe damage to the top of the Nissan, according to the Utah Highway Patrol statement.
Atack, the driver, was transported via Life Flight to Intermountain Medical Center in extremely critical condition.
He was pronounced dead around 1 p.m. on Friday.
- Daphne Chen
Firefighters injured in Murray house fire
MURRAY - Two firefighters were injured in one of two house fires that ignited early Sunday in Murray.
About 5:30 a.m., fire crews from Murray, South Salt Lake and Unified Fire Authority responded to a home, 954 W. Walden Hills Dr., where they found flames blowing out the front window, according to Pat Killion, deputy fire marshal for the Murray City Fire Department.
Firefighters began pulling a hose through the front door, and as they walked down the hallway, they fell through the floor into the basement, Killion said.
The firefighters didn't fall into fire, Killion said, but one of them got minor burns on his wrist, and another suffered a shoulder injury. Both firefighters were in good condition Sunday evening, and the latter is expected to undergo rehabilitation for his shoulder injury, according to Killion.
The home was unoccupied at the time as the homeowners were away, which may have given the fire time to grow, Killion said. A cat died in the fire, but a dog was rescued. The family returned Sunday, but an official cause of the fire had not yet been determined.
- Morgan Jacobsen
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