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Car crashes on slick road, 19-year-old woman dies


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TOOELE — A 19-year-old woman died when the car she was riding in crashed on slick roads in Tooele County late Sunday night.

Around 10:30 p.m. the driver lost control of a red vehicle traveling north across the railroad tracks near 2700 N. Droubay Road in Erda.

Lt. Jeff Morgan with the Tooele County Sheriff's Office said, "It apparently hit a sheet of ice, lost control and rolled, from what we can tell, four times."

Morgan said a 19-year-old passenger was ejected from the vehicle and died on scene. Three of her friends were transported to local hospitals with injuries. They are in critical but stable condition.

Authorities say the roads in Erda were slippery Sunday night and speed may have been a factor in this deadly crash.

Crash totals
Salt Lake and Utah counties
  • 82 crashes
  • 73 property damage
  • 21 injuries

"They were just traveling a little too fast for the existing conditions," Morgan said.

In a 24-hour period ending Monday morning, law enforcement responded to dozens of weather-related crashes. As of 3 a.m., 82 crashes were reported in Salt Lake and Utah counties alone. Of those, 73 included property damage and 21 included injuries.

"I think everybody just needs to slow down and use their best judgment," Morgan said. "Whenever the roads look slick or glassy, use caution."

Also over the weekend, a 51-year-old man died in an accident on I-80 near the Great Salt Lake. Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in that crash. And a 9-year-old Colorado boy was killed in Vernal when his mother lost control of the wheel and hit an oncoming SUV.

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