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SR-190 reopens in Big Cottonwood Canyon after head-on crash

SR-190 reopens in Big Cottonwood Canyon after head-on crash

(Utah Department of Transportation)

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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON — Eastbound lanes of state Route 190 reopened Friday afternoon after a head-on crash earlier in the day.

Emergency crews responded to a report of the crash above the S-curve in the canyon before 11 a.m., according to Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke.

Lohrke said a black Cadillac Escalade driven by a 39-year-old woman traveling east on the highway collided head-on with a white Volkswagon Jetta traveling in the westbound lane. The Jetta was being driven by a 16-year-old boy.

Only minor injuries were reported, Lohrke added.

The crash, however, snarled traffic heading east into the canyon. The crash closed the highway's eastbound lane for about two hours as crews cleared the crash.

Utah Department of Transportation officials said they divided the westbound lane so that eastbound traffic could be detoured around the crash to help alleviate traffic problems before reopening the eastbound lane at about 12:45 p.m.

Lohrke added the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.


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