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South Jordan man dies in wrong-way crash on I-80

By Ashley Fredde, | Updated - Oct. 23, 2020 at 2:57 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 23, 2020 at 10:57 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A South Jordan man died in a wrong-way crash on I-80 on Friday morning, Utah Highway Patrol confirmed.

Around 9:30 a.m., a driver of a Dodge Neon who was traveling west on I-80 near 7600 West, for an unknown reason, turned around and started driving east on westbound lanes, according to UHP Lt. Nick Street. The driver of a Subaru Crosstrek in the westbound lane swerved to miss the Dodge, but the two cars sideswiped one another, causing the Subaru to roll several times and hit the median.

The driver of the Subaru, a 29-year-old South Jordan man, was wearing his seatbelt but died in the crash, Street said. The driver of the Dodge was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Street said troopers are investigating impairment as a factor due to the driver's decision to turn into oncoming traffic.

The left lane, which was closed at the time of the crash, has since reopened.

Ashley Fredde

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