Driver killed, 5 injured when cars collide head-on in Tooele

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(KUTV) – A driver was killed and five others were taken to the hospital when two cars collided head on Thursday afternoon on SR-36 in Tooele County.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a red Jeep Liberty was exiting I-80 westbound to go on southbound SR-36 into Lakepoint around 4:30 p.m. The Jeep was changing lanes when it struck another car and ended up swerving into an oncoming lane where it collided head on with a black Honda Civic.

The driver of the Honda, an adult woman, was killed instantly. The female driver of the Jeep and four passengers were taken to the hospital. The driver of the Jeep and a 5-year-old-girl are reported to be in critical condition. The other passengers in the Jeep have serious injuries, according to UHP.

SR-36 traffic was closed while medical helicopters landed to transport the critical patients. Around 5:00 p.m., one lane re-opened on SR-36 in each direction.

Troopers have not identified the deceased victim pending notification of family.

Traffic for drivers heading into Tooele County was severely impacted during the evening commute. UHP estimated it would take at least two or three hours to perform a crash investigation.

(UPDATE Sept. 28 10 p.m.) — The driver of the Honda Civic, who was killed, has been identified as Heather Slowik, 47, of Stockton.

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