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Officials identify 2 who died in wrong-way crash on I-70 in Sevier County

By Jacob Klopfenstein, | Updated - Sep. 19, 2020 at 5:27 p.m. | Posted - Sep. 18, 2020 at 10:50 a.m.

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SALINA, Sevier County — Officials on Saturday identified the two people who died late Thursday night after a wrong-way crash on I-70 in central Utah.

Russann Johnson, 54, and Gregory Romero, a Romanian of unknown age, were killed in the wreck, according to a news release from the Utah Highway Patrol.

The crash took place about 11:07 p.m. Thursday on I-70 about 30 miles east of Salina.

Johnson's small white car was traveling east in the westbound lanes of the freeway when it hit Romero's Ford Expedition head-on, the release said. A semitruck then hit the Ford from behind, causing the Ford to roll down the road and land on its wheels in the median, where it caught fire.

Johnson was ejected and died at the scene, officials said. Romero died upon the impact of the crash, and a passenger of the Ford was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Alcohol and drug impairment are suspected as possible factors in the crash, the news release said.

Romero was visiting the U.S. from Romania and Highway Patrol officials worked with Romanian consulate officials before releasing his identity.

Contributing: Graham Dudley,


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