Driver Dead and Two Air Lifted to Area Hospitals

Driver Dead and Two Air Lifted to Area Hospitals

Rollover Crash in Salt Lake County

Emergency crews responded to a rollover crash Sunday morning. Two vehicles that collided on Redwood Road early Sunday morning caused one fatality and two serious injuries. According to the investigation the three men were not wearing seat belts. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and two were airlifted to local hospitals.

The crash occurred west of Utah Lake early Sunday Morning and the investigation shows one of the cars tried to pass the slower moving vehicle. As a result of the car trying to pass the slower vehicle, the cars collided and caused both vehicles to go off the west edge of the road.

After the collision, the driver was ejected after rolling the vehicle into a farm field. The driver was identified as Delfino Morales of Payson. Mr. Morales died at the scene, his passenger Ernesto Ramos suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital by helicopter.

The second vehicle rolled, re-entered the road, and landed on its wheels in the southbound lane. The second driver Luis A. Barralaga, suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital by helicopter.

I-215 Closed in Rollover Crash

A rollover on I-215 caused major traffic delays during the evening commute Monday evening and according to Utah Highway Patrol, speed was a major factor. A Dodge Ram pickup was traveling northbound on I-215 at a high rate of speed and the driver attempted to take the 4700 South off-ramp. Unfortunately, the car was traveling too fast and the driver lost control.

The pickup rolled twice after it hit the sound wall, and finally came to rest on its wheels. The driver appears to have been wearing his seat belt but was wearing it improperly. The rollover caused the driver to be thrown into the back seat and partially ejected out the rear window. The driver was transferred to the hospital in critical condition and the I-215 ramp was closed for about 90 minutes.

Daniel S. Garner
Written by Daniel S. Garner