UHP suspects impairment in crash killing 6 on SR-40 near Jordanelle; 1 victim identified


    At least seven people and three vehicles were involved in a crash that killed at least four near the Jordanelle Reservoir on Friday, October 18, 2018. (Photo: Mike Fessler / KUTV)

    UPDATE: (Oct. 20, 3:55 p.m.) — Utah Highway Patrol identified Efrain O Cardenas, 62, of Salt Lake City, as the driver of the pickup truck. Medical examiners are still working on identifying the other victims.

    UPDATE (Oct. 19 9:12 p.m.) — The Utah Highway Patrol confirmed the death toll from Friday's crash on SR-40 was up to six. It appears police found two more bodies in the Dodge Ram pickup police say was hit by a dump truck. The driver of the dump truck was booked into the Wasatch County Jail on six counts of automobile homicide. UHP said more charges were pending.

    (KUTV) — Investigating Utah Highway Patrol troopers said they suspect impairment was a factor in a crash that killed at least four people near the Jordanelle Reservoir in Wasatch County on Friday.

    At least seven people from three different vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened around noon, UHP says.

    Four were killed and three were taken to the hospital in Park City to recover.

    Investigators on scene said they believe a dump truck driving westbound on State Route 40 may have swerved and crossed a median into oncoming traffic.

    The truck hit a pickup truck in the eastbound lanes, which police said was carrying at least four people.

    As of Friday afternoon, responding officers had not yet been able to fully disentangle the dump truck from the truck it hit. They were unsure whether another person could have been in the pickup truck, so were hesitant to say only four people were killed.

    Three of the people traveling in the pickup were ejected from the vehicle.

    A Jeep carrying two people swerved to avoid the truck, rolling down an embankment off the side of SR-40. Both people from that vehicle were in the hospital and expected to survive, police said.

    UHP says open containers of alcohol and prescription pills were found in the dump truck, leading them to believe impaired driving may have been a factor in the crash. They also told reporters on scene that another driver had called to report the dump truck as driving recklessly just two minutes before they believe the crash occurred.

    The dump truck driver survived the crash and was recovering in the hospital on Friday.

    Traffic eastbound on SR-40 remained backed up on Friday afternoon as police worked to disentangle the two crashed vehicles.

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