Woman killed in Big Cottonwood Canyon crash


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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON — A 29-year-old woman is dead and a second person is in extremely critical condition after a vehicle went off the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Thursday.

The accident happened at about 5:15 p.m. in the Butler Fork area, near 9200 East. Unified police say a 20-year-old man was driving the vehicle so fast that when he lost control, it flew into the air.

The vehicle then flipped several times and landed on the other side of a side canyon.

"It kind of augured into the embankment on the other side, flew about 35 feet -- only losing about 4 feet in elevation, which suggests it was going very, very fast," said Unified police Lt. Don Hutson.

The impact ejected both the man and woman. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

A helicopter was called to transport the 29-year-old man, who is reported to be in extremely critical condition with severe head trauma and multiple broken bones.

Neither person has been identified.

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