ROAD TO ZERO

Deadly season on Utah roads ends with 6 weekend deaths

Sep 6, 2021, 8:05 PM | Updated: Sep 7, 2021, 11:37 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Officials with the Utah Highway Patrol reported four fatalities over the Labor Day weekend while two more Utahns died in crashes along the Wasatch Front.

Labor Day marks the official end of the 100 deadliest days of summer.

UHP and UDOT now call their campaign to reduce road fatalities “Summer Safely,” but as that campaign wraps up, troopers say they’re saddened to see more fatalities.

“Having three crashes with four fatalities, it’s tough,” said UHP Sgt. Cameron Roden. “And it’s tough for families to have to deal with that after a holiday weekend. It’s disappointing for us, especially when we have so many additional patrols out there, trying to make sure people are safe.”

On Saturday, a motorcyclist lost control on a curve in Logan Canyon and was hit by a truck pulling a trailer.

On Sunday night, a single-car rollover killed a driver in San Juan County.

Investigators said it’s unclear at this point what forced the driver off the road.

And near Zion National Park, a driver overcorrected and veered into traffic on state Route 9.

“They corrected back to the left. As they did so, they spun into the path of a van that hit them on the passenger side, killing the two occupants,” said Roden.

UHP officials reported an increase in the number of tickets issued for drivers going more than 100 mph.

They also said road aggression is on the rise.

They said those factors become compounded with more people on the roads.

In the last month, UHP has added 115 extra shifts to increase patrols for DUI, vehicle and enforcement.

Two more fatal crashes were reported by officials with the Riverton and Ogden police departments, bringing the total number of deaths over the Labor Day weekend to six.

A 23-year-old woman was killed early Saturday morning in a single-car rollover crash near 13400 South and Bangerter Highway in Riverton while a 40-year-old man died in a head-on collision near 1100 North and Washington Boulevard in Ogden Friday night.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Road to Zero

...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Speeding, distracted driving leading to increase in crashes on Utah city streets

Utah is seeing a concerning increase in crashes on city streets. On Wednesday, KSL's Lauren Steinbrecher was in Sandy as police explained which issues on the road are the worst they've seen in years and what they're doing about it.
5 days ago
...
Cary Schwanitz

Bountiful man killed, three juveniles injured in I-70 crash

A Bountiful man died in a single-car crash on I-70 near Green River last week.
6 days ago
(SLCPD)...
Josh Ellis and Karah Brackin, KSL TV

One dead after SLC motorcycle crash; third serious crash in 12 hours

Police are investigating after a person was killed in a motorcycle crash on 1300 East near 2300 South.
6 days ago
The Utah Highway Patrol has responded to 99 calls of wrong-way drivers on freeways this year....
Shara Park and Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

Putting the brakes on wrong-way drivers: Finding solutions to deadly crashes

Utah is close to breaking records of deadly wrong-way crashes. Why is this happening? KSL News Specialist Shara Park digs into solutions.
12 days ago
FILE: A Utah Highway Patrol vehicle in Salt Lake City is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Dese...
Michael Houck

UHP reports four fatal crashes over Pioneer Day weekend

Utah Highway Patrol released their enforcement stats for Pioneer Day weekend, including four fatalities and three wrong-way drivers. 
14 days ago
...
Cary Schwanitz

Motorcyclist killed in Salt Lake after getting rear-ended by driver using Tesla autopilot

A motorcyclist died after getting hit from behind on I-15.
16 days ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
...
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...
AARP Utah

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Deadly season on Utah roads ends with 6 weekend deaths