A 9-year-old girl from Utah who told police she wanted to swim in the ocean slipped the keys to her parents’ car and took off before hitting a tractor-trailer on Wednesday morning.
No one was injured in the crash in West Valley City, police said. The girl and her 4-year-old sister were the only ones in the vehicle, driven by the older girl.
” She drives ? one responding officer asked another caring for the children, according to a video posted by the police department.
Police said the children got the keys to the family car while their parents slept and drove about 10 miles from their home in western Jordan.
The crash happened shortly after 5 a.m. near Utah State Route 201, but not on the freeway, police said. After exiting the highway, the vehicle crossed a median and struck the tractor-trailer.
Police did not mention any action against the parents. A spokesperson for West Jordan Police could not be reached immediately on Wednesday evening.
Retail West Jordan Police Officer Scott List told KUTV that the car keys to the house are hanging in a place that is not normally accessible to children.
The department used the incident to emphasize the importance of wearing seat belts, writing on social media that the two girls remembered to buckle up.
“The girls told police they were going to California because they wanted to ‘swim in the ocean’,” police wrote.
West Valley City and West Jordan are in the Salt Lake City area.