DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Troopers have identified the two people who died after a three-car collision with a cow on SR-40 in Duchesne County Sunday evening.
Troopers said the crash happened around 8:16 p.m., when a Ford Explorer traveling eastbound struck a cow around milepost 102.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the driver of the Ford stopped their vehicle and got out. A Hyundai Sonata traveling behind the Ford also stopped and a backseat passenger exited the Sonata.
Both the Ford driver and the Sonata passenger were on the shoulder of SR-40 when a GMC pickup traveling westbound came upon the dead cow in the road, struck it, lost control, and struck the Ford.
DPS says that the Ford was then propelled forward by the impact of the GMC and struck both individuals on the shoulder of the road.
A male, identified as 48-year-old Cody Marx of Roosevelt, died on impact and a female, identified as 31-year-old Whitney A Corbridge of Vernal, was transported by ambulance to Uintah Basin Medical Center where she passed away from her injuries.
The driver of the GMC was not injured.
The three occupants in the Hyundai were not injured.
After the incident occurred, the road was partly closed while UHP investigated the fatal accident but has since reopned.