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May 6, 2021

Multiple injuries, 1 person in critical condition after wrong-way freeway crash; 1 in custody

SALT LAKE CITY — A female sustained life-threatening injuries after a driver in a white truck hit two vehicles while traveling westbound on the eastbound lanes of a freeway interchange Monday night, Unified police said.

According to Utah Highway Patrol, the collision occurred after a driver entered the wrong way on the I-15 southbound and I-215 eastbound interchange and struck the two vehicles head-on.

The man who struck the two other vehicles was fleeing after he allegedly hit a parked Unified Police Department vehicle at the UPD substation in Cottonwood Heights, police said. The driver fled the scene of the crash but is now in custody, according to police.

Police believe impairment may have been a factor, according to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Wade Breuer. There may have also been two passengers in the truck, said Breuer.

According to Breuer, a man in a Jeep who was hit in the crash was transported to the hospital with minor to serious injuries and the two occupants in the other car hit were also transported. The driver of the passenger vehicle was flown by helicopter in critical condition and the passenger was transported with serious injuries.

According to the Utah Department of Transportation’s traffic website, the exit was closed following the crash and drivers were told to seek an alternate route. The exit was reopened at about 9:50 p.m. Further details, including the identities of those involved, were not released.

UHP recently released data noting that wrong-way crashes in Utah are up 30%.

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