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2 dead in crash near Strawberry Reservoir, officials say

By Jacob Klopfenstein and Cara MacDonald, | Updated - Mar 6th, 2019 @ 7:22pm | Posted - Mar 6th, 2019 @ 4:30pm

FRUITLAND — Two people have died after a crash on U.S. Highway 40, officials said.

The crash took place near milepost 52, several miles east of Strawberry Reservoir in Wasatch County, Utah Highway Patrol officials said. A green Ford Expedition was driving eastbound when the driver lost control due to what officials believe was bald tires on an icy road.

The vehicle slid into the westbound lanes of traffic, and the driver's side hit the front of a Utah Department of Transportation snowplow, according to Utah Department of Public Safety.

The driver and a passenger in the back seat on the driver's side of the Expedition were both killed on impact, according to DPS. Two people on the passenger side of the vehicle and the driver of the snowplow were transported to a local hospital with injuries that weren't life threatening.

As of 7:03 p.m., one westbound lane of the highway is open, but the road may close intermittently as crews investigate the crash, UHP said. UDOT expects the road to open fully again at around 8:15 p.m. People in the area should expect delays.

Jacob Klopfenstein
Cara MacDonald

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