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2 dead in Redwood Road crash

Salt Lake City police respond to the scene of a double fatal crash at 980 S. Redwood Road on Thursday. Investigators say a van hit head-on with a garbage truck.

Salt Lake City police respond to the scene of a double fatal crash at 980 S. Redwood Road on Thursday. Investigators say a van hit head-on with a garbage truck. (Salt Lake City Police Department)


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SALT LAKE CITY — Two people were killed in a crash on Redwood Road in Salt Lake City on Thursday when a van hit a garbage truck head-on, according to police.

The incident happened about 7:20 a.m. at 980 S. Redwood Road. A Salt Lake City garage truck was heading south on Redwood Road when a northbound van approached.

"At some point, the van turned in front of the city-owned vehicle, resulting in a head-on crash," according to police.

The driver and a passenger in the van were killed. The driver of the garbage truck, who hit his brakes in an attempted to avoid the crash, said Salt Lake City police officer Michael Ruff, was taken to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries. No other information about the individuals who were killed has been released.

The investigation into what caused the van to cross into oncoming traffic, as well as how fast the vehicles were going at the time of impact, was ongoing Thursday morning.

"We are devastated that this tragic accident today ended with two lives lost," said Debbie Lyons, director of the city's Sustainability Department that oversees the city garbage trucks. "We send our deepest condolences to the families of those killed in this collision. Our operator is currently at the hospital being evaluated for injuries."

The southbound lanes of Redwood Road were closed at Indiana Avenue for a few hours while police investigated the crash.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.

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