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90-year-old man dies after wrong-way crash

By Carter Williams, | Updated - Nov. 21, 2018 at 9:55 a.m. | Posted - Nov. 21, 2018 at 9:19 a.m.

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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

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