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Wheelchair user suffers ‘substantial injuries’ after being struck by semi

Updated Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 | 1:07 p.m.

Accident scene

A semitruck hit a woman in a wheelchair this morning at the intersection of South Valley View Boulevard and West Sahara Avenue, Metro Police say.

Officer Laura Meltzer, a Metro spokeswoman, said a caller reported the accident at 9:42 a.m. The accident victim was taken to University Medical Center Trauma with “substantial but not life-threatening injuries,” Meltzer said, noting the condition was subject to change.

Around 12:30 p.m. Meltzer reported, “At this time it does appear that she is stable."

In an image of the accident scene posted on Twitter, it appears the truck was making a right turn from Valley View onto Sahara.

Police issued a traffic citation to the truck driver, Meltzer said, but she did not have details on the violation.

The accident has caused police to shut down the eastbound lanes on Sahara in the area while they continued their investigation into the accident. The street was reopened to traffic just before noon, Meltzer said.

Neither the driver nor the victim has been identified.

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