KANE COUNTY — Six people were transported to the hospital Tuesday after two vehicles collided head-on and burst into flames, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
Highway patrol troopers responded to reports of a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 89 at about 2:35 p.m., according to a statement from the agency. Troopers said preliminary investigations indicated that a 2020 Lexus passenger car was southbound when it crossed the center line into the northbound lane; a 2021 Toyota Highlander traveling in the northbound lane and attempted to steer left into the southbound lane to avoid the Lexus.
The Lexus corrected back into its lane of travel, according to the statement, and collided head-on with the Toyota. Troopers said that both of the cars came to a rest facing west, blocking the southbound lanes, and burst into flames.
All six people in the vehicles were able to exit before the vehicles became engulfed in flames, troopers said.
A 38-year-old woman from the Toyota was taken to a hospital by air ambulance in critical condition, the highway patrol statement says. A 40-year-old man and two children, also from the Toyota, were transported by ambulance.
Troopers said the two occupants of the Lexus, a 73-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman, were also transported to the ambulance in serious condition.
Fire crews from Cedar Mountain Fire Protection District were able to extinguish the fires.
The Cedar Mountain Fire Protection District reminded people in a Facebook post to be aware of animals on and near the road. Highway patrol officials said they have no information on the involvement of animals.
All occupants were wearing seat belts and there is no evidence of impairment for either driver, the highway patrol statement says. Further information, including the identities of those involved, were not released.