Woman killed, 4 others injured in crash with dump truck in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Police are investigating a fatal crash in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Monday.

Police are investigating a fatal crash in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Monday. (Mark Wetzel, KSL-TV)

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BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON — A woman was killed and four other people were seriously injured Monday in a crash on Big Cottonwood Canyon.

The crash occurred in the Storm Mountain area along state Route 190 when a dump truck tried to turn off onto a runaway truck lane and collided with a car, said Unified Police Sgt. Melody Cutler.

The driver of the car, Jessica Keetch Minnesota, 36, of West Jordan, was killed in the crash.

Minnesota's 4-year-old son and 61-year-old mother were taken to hospitals in critical condition, and her 2-year-old daughter was seriously injured. The driver of the dump truck was also taken to a hospital in serious condition, Cutler said.

Minnesota was a speech pathologist at University of Utah Health's Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital, KSL-TV reported.

Cutler said the dump truck driver told police his brakes had failed.

"Unfortunately as you come through the split rock ... anyone who's driven up here is very well aware the visibility is almost nonexistent," Cutler said.

"Unfortunately there was a car coming up as he was crossing that line to go into that mountain, and the two vehicles collided. They'll do a thorough investigation to determine exactly what happened. They'll be able to determine if the brakes were out, all of those factors that would have played into this."

Transportation officials cautioned travelers avoid the area Monday and to expect delays as the road was closed in both directions.

Contributing: Lauren Steinbrecher, Arianne Brown


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Ashley Imlay covers state politics and breaking news for KSL.com. A lifelong Utahn, Ashley has also worked as a reporter for the Deseret News and is a graduate of Dixie State University.


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