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16-year-old dead, man critically injured in West Valley crash


Crews clean up after a fatal collision on 5600 West near 2200 South in West Valley City on Friday, June 25, 2021. Police say a 16-year-old boy is dead and another driver in very critical condition after the head-on collision.

Crews clean up after a fatal collision on 5600 West near 2200 South in West Valley City on Friday, June 25, 2021. Police say a 16-year-old boy is dead and another driver in very critical condition after the head-on collision. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)



WEST VALLEY CITY — A 16-year-old boy died and another person was critically injured in a head-on crash near state Route 201 Friday morning, police said.

Emergency crews responded to a report of a crash on 5600 West near 2200 South shortly before 5:50 a.m. West Valley Police Sgt. John Pittman said the 16-year-old boy was driving a passenger car traveling south on 5600 West when, for an unknown reason, the car veered into the northbound lane and collided with an SUV in the northbound lane.

The teenager was killed in the crash. His name has not yet been released.

The driver of the SUV, whose name and age was not released, was taken to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. Pittman said the man underwent surgery and remained in "very critical condition."

No other people were involved in the crash. Pittman said the crash remains under investigation.

5600 West between eastbound S.R. 201 and 2400 South was closed for several hours as a result of the crash but reopened shortly after 10 a.m., according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

There was a separate, unrelated incident that happened on an S.R. 201 east off-ramp at 5600 West about the same time. Utah Highway Patrol troopers said the driver of a truck was traveling on the off-ramp when a trailer hauling 50,000 pounds of concrete became disconnected and rolled. There were no injuries reported as a result of that crash.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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