Various news sources online say that around 4:00am this morning a man was killed and another was seriously injured in what must have been a very violent car crash on eastbound I-80 near Wendover. The Utah Highway Patrol is saying that near mile marker 36 the driver drifted left towards the center median, and then drastically over-corrected back to the right, flipping his Chevy Trailblazer and rolling it FIVE times. The car finally landed upright about 30 feet from the highway.
Chevy Trailblazer rolled on I-80 early this morning. Photo courtesy of the UHP and the Salt Lake Tribune.
The passenger, 36 year old Raul Luna from Roy, Utah was ejected from the car and died on the scene. The driver, a 36 year old man from Salt Lake County sustained serious injuries and was air-lifted to University Hospital. He is expected to survive.
The UHP is still investigating the accident, but suggests that alcohol was involved in the crash and that the driver was wearing his seat belt, but the passenger probably wasn’t.
Given the earliness of the hour, I suspect the driver was tired and falling asleep at the wheel. If the men had been drinking and we’re headed home from partying in Wendover, the only thing about this crash that is fortunate is that no other cars were involved and no one else was hurt as a result.
The names of the two men have not yet been released. As always, my condolences go out to their families and loved ones.
Again folks, please be careful out there on the road. Drunk driving and fatigued driving gets people killed. And here is one more example that seat belts really do save lives.
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