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Utah man dead, 2 seriously injured in Arizona wrong-way crash

By Carter Williams, KSL.com | Posted - May 12, 2020 at 1:45 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A St. George man died and two others were seriously injured after the minivan he was driving sideswiped five other vehicles while traveling in the wrong direction on I-15 in Arizona Monday.

Robby Joe Fritts, 39, died in the crash, Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said Tuesday.

Emergency crews responded to a report of a head-on crash on I-15 northbound about 2 miles south of Cedar Pocket shortly after 8:20 a.m. The location is also about 13 miles south of the Utah-Arizona border.

In an email to KSL, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesperson Bart Graves said Fritts was driving a Chrysler Town & Country minivan south on I-15 northbound when his vehicle sideswiped five vehicles before colliding head-on with a sixth vehicle.

Fritts was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Two occupants in the sixth vehicle were also taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Drivers and occupants of other vehicles involved who needed medical attention were released at the scene, Graves said.

Authorities are still investigating why Fritts was driving in the wrong direction; Graves said Tuesday that impairment has not been ruled as a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

Carter Williams

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