Girl (9) and sister (4) run away from truck accident after driving their parents’ car to the beach

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‘We drove to California to swim with the dolphins’: Utah sisters, six and four, crashed head-on ten miles in ‘road trip’ after taking their parents’ car in the middle of the night

  • The girls slipped out of their home in West Jordan at 3am after taking the car keys
  • They sat in the driveway until 4:30am when they started their journey to the coast
  • They made it 10 miles before the nine-year-old drove a semi-truck
  • No one was hurt and the parents had no idea until the police informed them

A nine-year-old girl who stole her parents’ car keys and tried to drive to the beach with her four-year-old sister in the middle of the night has crashed head-on with a semi-truck.

The Utah youths wanted to take a 700-mile road trip to California to swim with dolphins in the ocean and made it 10 miles from their home in western Jordan before the collision.

Both girls were wearing seat belts and escaped the crash seemingly unharmed, as did the truck driver.

A nine-year-old girl who stole her parents' car keys and tried to drive to the beach with her four-year-old sister in the middle of the night has crashed head-on with a semi-truck

A nine-year-old girl who stole her parents’ car keys and tried to drive to the beach with her four-year-old sister in the middle of the night has crashed head-on with a semi-truck

Their parents were completely unaware and lay in bed until the police called them to inform them of the accident.

Lieutenant Sean McCarthy said, “They told the officers they were going to California and wanted to enjoy the beach for a few days. I don’t know if we’ll tell them they went the wrong way.’

Detective Scott List of the West Jordan Police Department said, “There is no history of this…this is a motivated kid who, as far as I know, wanted to go swimming with dolphins in the ocean.

“It’s impressive to do what she did. Scary but impressive.’

The young children who share a bedroom took the car keys at 3 a.m. and went to the car where it took them an hour and a half to work out the basics of driving, police said.

The Utah youth wanted to take a road trip to California to swim with dolphins in the ocean and drove 10 miles from their home in western Jordan before the collision

The Utah youth wanted to take a road trip to California to swim with dolphins in the ocean and drove 10 miles from their home in western Jordan before the collision

Both the car and truck had to be towed and police said it could have been much worse if the girls weren't wearing seat belts

Both the car and truck had to be towed and police said it could have been much worse if the girls weren’t wearing seat belts

Their parents were completely unaware and were in bed until the police called them to inform them of the crash

Their parents were completely oblivious and lay in bed until the police called them to inform them of the crash

Officers asked the parents if they had talked to the girls about a road trip to California, but they said the girls came up with the idea themselves.

Officers asked the parents if they had talked to the girls about a road trip to California, but they said the girls came up with the idea themselves.

They left the driveway at 4:30 AM and set out on their journey to what they thought was California, but instead headed north.

A number of motorists reported seeing the car driving erratically when the girl collided with the side of a pickup.

The driver of the pickup thought the red Chevrolet was driving under the influence and followed the car and filed a report with the police.

After leaving 201 State Road at 3200 West, the girls crossed a median strip and drove into traffic where they hit the semi-truck.

The truck driver told police he thought the car was moving fast and may not have braked.

Both the car and truck had to be towed and police said it could have been much worse if the girls weren’t wearing seat belts.

The airbag went off on the nine-year-old in the driver’s seat, but not on the four-year-old in the passenger seat.

The semi-driver got out to check on the drivers of the other vehicle and told police he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw who was behind the wheel.

A semi truck driver thought the driver was intoxicated and the nine-year-old then veered into his path after leaving 201 State Road to 3200 West

A semi truck driver thought the driver was intoxicated and the nine-year-old then veered into his path after leaving 201 State Road to 3200 West

The semi-driver got out to check on the drivers of the other vehicle and told police he couldn't believe his eyes when he saw who was behind the wheel.

The semi-driver got out to check on the drivers of the other vehicle and told police he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw who was behind the wheel.

Lieutenant Sean McCarthy said: Fox 13: ‘The truck driver reported that there were two children in the car and they look very young.

“Agents came here and discovered it was a 9-year-old driver and her 4-year-old sister.”

Officers asked the “shocked” parents if they had talked to the girls about a road trip to California, but they said the girls came up with the idea themselves.

The parents added that all doors except one in the basement are bolted and the children escaped after grabbing the keys to a place “not normally accessible to children.”

West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said, “I think they planned to start their summer vacation a little earlier.”

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