Three dead, two injured in crash that closed US Hwy 89
Mar 29, 2023, 5:13 PM | Updated: Apr 17, 2023, 2:45 pm
(Utah Highway Patrol)
UPDATE: The three people killed in Wednesday’s crash were identified as
Kia Driver (Fatal): Jordan Erickson. Age: 21. From: Garden City, UT
Kia front passenger (Fatal): Dakota Mejia. Age: 24. From: Garden City, UT
Kia back passenger (Fatal): Jerika J Erickson. Age: 17. From: Garden City, UT
The driver of the Excursion, identified as 29-year-old Kylan Romrell, has been arrested in connection to the crash for driving under the influence and negligently operating a vehicle resulting in death.
The latest in that arrest can be found below.
The original story proceeds below.
CACHE COUNTY, Utah — Three people are dead and two, including a baby, were injured in a car crash that closed U.S. Highway 89 in both directions for several hours.
According to Sgt. Cameron Roden with the Utah Highway Patrol, the crash was on U.S. 89 at milepost 488, approximately five miles south of Bear Lake.
Roden said the preliminary investigation shows that at approximately 3:20 p.m., a southbound Kia Rio appeared to have crossed over into the northbound lanes, hitting a Ford excursion.
State Troopers say the driver of the Kia was 21 year-old Jordan Erickson. The front seat passenger was her fiance, 24-year-old Dakota Mejia. Both died in the crash.
In the back seat was Jordan’s sister, 17-year-old Jerika Erickson, who also died. The passenger next to her was her boyfriend, who was flown to an area hospital.
Jordan Erickson’s 2 year-old son was also in the car, and according to family friends is at home with his grandmother.
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The driver of the Ford did not appear to have any serious injuries.
U.S. 89 reopened at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Both Directions US 89 at MP 489 (5 mi S of Bear Lake) Cache Co.
Est. Clearance Time: 8:00 PM
For updates: https://t.co/jaVMw7e9Jm
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U.S. 89 is the main route from Logan to Bear Lake and runs north-south, spanning 502 miles across Utah.
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