JUAB COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Wet weather is being blamed for a fatal crash along Interstate 15 in Juab County Thursday afternoon.
Utah Highway Patrol said a Dodge Dakota truck was traveling northbound on I-15 when the driver lost control and the truck traveled through the median and onto the southbound lanes.
The truck now traveling perpendicular to the southbound traffic struck a Ford Focus near the left front. This caused extensive damage to both vehicles.
The truck was occupied by a female driver and two small children. The driver who was in a seatbelt sustained minor injuries and the children who were in car seats had no injury.
The male driver of the Ford was trapped in the vehicle, and troopers said it took a while to get him out of the car. He was wearing a seat-belt but sustained numerous injuries. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition where later died. He was identified as Christian E. West, 45, of West Valley City.
A female passenger of the Ford who was wearing her seat-belt sustained a broken arm, and her child who was in a car seat sustained a collapsed lung.