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TOOELE — UHP troopers say a fatal accident on I-80 in Tooele County happened when an SUV drifted off the road and the driver over-corrected, causing the vehicle to roll. The wreck closed eastbound lanes of I-80 Monday morning but they have now reopened.
A 22-year-old man, believed to be the driver, died. His 30-year-old brother is in critical condition and undergoing surgery at Intermountain Medical Center. The 30-year-old's girlfriend and their 2-year-old son, who were sitting in the back seat, were not seriously injured and are listed in good condition.
Investigators say the SUV pulling a U-Haul trailer rolled at milepost 70, about 20 miles west of Grantsville, around 4:15 a.m.
Witnesses told UHP troopers the vehicle was speeding. Troopers say speed and exhaustion on the part of the driver could have been factors. Investigators found drug paraphernalia on the scene, but it's unknown if drugs were a factor in the crash.
Chuck Hill was one of the first people to come upon the accident.
"The woman was crawling out of her vehicle and said she had to get her baby. Luckily they were seat-belted in. The boyfriend was in a lot of pain," he said.
UHP says the girlfriend and baby were moving from Nevada to Utah.