USU football player injured in Logan Canyon traffic accident

LOGAN — A Utah State University football player and another man were hospitalized Thursday night after a single-vehicle accident in Logan Canyon.

Logan City Police Capt. Tyson Budge said 22-year-old Zach Swenson was driving a 2015 Toyota Tacoma westbound, near the mouth of the canyon, when he failed to negotiate a turn and hit a rock wall. The accident occurred at 10:20 p.m.

Swenson suffered an obvious fractured leg. Mark Ryland, who is 21-years-old, was a passenger and had injuries to his head and hip. Both men were transported by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Budge said excessive speed is suspected to have been a factor in causing the accident. Swenson and Ryland were out of the truck when officers arrived on the scene. They both claimed to be wearing seat belts. An investigation is ongoing.

Swenson is a freshman from Salt Lake. He signed with the Aggies earlier this year after serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He played for East High School, recording 40 tackles and 3.5 sacks, along with 13 receptions for 304 yards and four touchdowns.

The team has not issued any statement.

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