3 dead, 2 seriously injured in crash that closed NB I-15 in Weber County

May 24, 2023, 5:33 AM | Updated: May 25, 2023, 12:31 pm

FARR WEST, Utah — Three people were killed and two were critically injured in a crash early Wednesday that temporarily closed northbound Interstate 15 in Farr West.

State troopers said a passenger car had stopped in the right lane and had no lights on after it hit a deer around 3 a.m. A semi-truck then crashed into the back of the car.

“No indications of impairment it. Just, he came over the hill and he didn’t even see the car. And like I said, there were no lights on it or anything so, out here at 3 in the morning, it’s pretty dark,” Lt. Justin Cheney with the Utah Highway Patrol said.

All traffic was diverted off northbound I-15 at the 2700 West exit until 7 a.m., and roads in the area saw major delays in the area as traffic cleared throughout the morning. Drivers were detoured to U.S. Highway 89 and then 2000 West in Willard as an alternate route to get back on I-15.

The three people who died and two who were injured were all in the passenger car. The driver of the semi-truck was not seriously injured and was evaluated at the scene.

The victims were identified Wednesday as 70-year-old Tira Hanchor and 64-year-old Ekar Hanchor, both of Enid, Oklahoma, and a 17-year-old girl from the Marshall Islands.

State troopers also said the driver and front-seat passenger were both in stable condition and do not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

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3 dead, 2 seriously injured in crash that closed NB I-15 in Weber County