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Authorities identify woman who died in Jan. 10 crash on I-80 in Tooele County

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SALT LAKE CITY — Authorities have identified one person who died in a Jan. 10 fatal crash on I-80 in Tooele County.

Two people died in the crash, which took place about 5 p.m. Jan. 10 on I-80 at milepost 54, about 30 miles west of Grantsville in Tooele County, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety.

A Buick Enclave was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of the freeway when it collided with a Tesla passenger car, according to the DPS. Both vehicles caught on fire, and the collision killed both drivers, authorities said.

The driver of the Buick was identified Wednesday as 39-year-old Melissa Evans, of Salt Lake City, according to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Nick Street.

The highway patrol is still waiting for the Utah medical examiner's office to identify the Tesla driver, Street added. Authorities are almost certain it was a man from Salt Lake City, but he was badly burned, so they are waiting for the medical examiner's office for identification, he said.

A passenger of the Tesla was flown in a medical helicopter to a hospital in Salt Lake City after the crash with two broken legs; there were no other passengers in either car, officials said.

It's not clear why the Buick was traveling in the wrong direction before the crash. Further details about the incident weren't available Wednesday.

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