Police investigating after three killed in four wrong-way crash over weekend
Mar 14, 2022, 6:30 AM | Updated: Apr 7, 2022, 4:43 pm
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Police are investigating another wrong-way crash, this time in South Salt Lake.
Officers with the South Salt Lake Police Department said the crash happened around 11:45 p.m. Sunday on West Temple near 3300 South.
A driver was going east in the westbound lanes when their vehicle hit another car that was turning onto 3300 South.
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Police said they are investigating the crash as a possible DUI.
Law enforcement puzzled over ‘epidemic‘ of wrong-way crashes
Three people were killed in two wrong-way crashes over the weekend. The first happened on Interstate 15 near 900 South in Salt Lake City.
Troopers said a white hatchback entered northbound I-15 from the 600 South offramp and traveled against traffic before striking an FJ Cruiser head-on. Both drivers were killed.
The second crash happened near 6800 South and Mountain View Corridor on Saturday when a southbound silver Kia hit a white Volkswagen head-on in the northbound lanes.
The driver of the Kia, a 29-year-old man from West Valley City, died at the scene. according to the Unified Police Department.
Sunday night’s crash in South Salt Lake was the 43rd wrong-way crash in the Beehive State this year, according to state authorities.
Trooper Andrew Battenfield with the Utah Highway Patrol said while you’re driving, it’s important to constantly look 10-15 seconds in front of you to give yourself time to get out of the way if you see a wrong-way driver coming.
UHP also wants you to call 911 if you see a wrong-way driver. That’s how one trooper knew about a wrong-way driver last month and was able to spin that car out of control before that driver possibly caused a fatal crash further down.
“I don’t know what’s causing the epidemic with wrong-ways right now, and over the years, I have seen a lot of wrong-way vehicles,” Battenfield said.
Police also responded to a crash on U.S. Highway 6 near I-15 in Spanish Fork on Saturday.
UHP Sgt. J. Dutson told KSL a call came in around 5:30 p.m. of a wrong-way driver hitting several vehicles and a semi-truck.
A Dodge Journey crossed over the double yellow lines and hit an oncoming semi-truck head-on before striking another car.
Dutson said the driver and passenger of the Dodge were both transported to the hospital with various degrees of injuries, adding the passenger’s injuries were life-threatening. All other drivers and passengers were treated for minor injuries on scene.
That crash remains under investigation.