Alcohol suspected in wrong way crash on I-15 in Orem

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OREM, Utah (ABC4 News) – Alcohol is being considered as a primary factor in a wrong way crash on I-15 in Orem Friday night that sent one man to the hospital in critical condition. 

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jacob Cox said the crash happened at about 10:50 pm. near mile post 271 when 21-year-old Dayton Smith of Orem was driving a Subaru Forester and entered I-15 going southbound in the northbound travel lanes.

Smith was traveling in the middle lanes, weaving in and out of oncoming traffic at an estimated 70 mph. At approximately 400 North in Orem, the Forester struck an oncoming Ford F-150 pickup, also believed to be traveling near 70 mph.

Cos said the impact was an off-centered head-on crash, striking the left front corners of both vehicles. The Ford spun and struck a concrete barrier. The Forester came to rest next to the left lane. Debris and fluid from the vehicles covering all lanes except the HOV lane requiring all but the HOV to be closed for a short period as troopers cleared debris.

Smith suffered significant injuries and had to be extracted from the vehicle by medical personnel. He was transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

The Ford’s driver also had to be extracted by medical personnel, but he declined medical transport and was taken from the scene by family members.

Troopers found open containers of alcohol in Smith’s car and believe he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Charges are pending. 

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