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WEST JORDAN — A man who police say may have had a medical episode prior to a four-vehicle crash on Bangerter Highway late Tuesday afternoon died after the crash, officials said Wednesday.
Ronald Newsome, 90, died at a hospital, according to West Jordan police. Officials initially said his injuries were serious on Tuesday evening. It was not specified if he died as a result of the possible medical episode or from injuries suffered in the crash.
Newsome was driving a passenger car that was traveling the wrong way on the highway when it collided with a West Valley police squad car and then hit a minivan head-on, police said. A fourth car then collided with the engine block of Newsome’s vehicle that had detached in the wreck, West Jordan Police Sgt. J.C. Holt said.
A mother and four children who were in the minivan were also transported to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. Holt said one of the children was extricated from the vehicle.
The officer in the squad car suffered bumps and bruises, but was not transported to a hospital.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Holt said another person was transported to a hospital after a separate crash close to the initial four-vehicle wreck. He said that crash may have been caused by drivers "probably trying to see what was going on" in the first crash.
Contributing: Caitlin Burchill, KSL TV