TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – a deadly car accident on interstate 80 eastbound created traffic delays for commuters this morning, after a car veered off the road, crossed the median, jumped the cable barrier and landed onto oncoming traffic.
Police say the accident occurred around 7 this morning.
The car was heading back to Salt Lake City from Wendover when the accident occurred. According to police, there were two people in the car.
“As they got to the Salt Lake County-Tooele County line, one of the drivers said he felt drowsy – looks like he might have fallen asleep – drifted off the road, over-corrected, and rolled through the median over the cable barrier on the left [westbound I-80],” said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Evan Kirby.
The accident caused major delays for commuters as several lanes on both sides of the interstate were blocked off for hours.
The vehicle was part of a family group making the trip back home when it crashed. Two Vietnamese men in their 30’s were in the vehicle – the driver survived the crash with minor injuries.
“he had some minor injuries to his head, there was a friend that was unrestrained and he was killed at the scene of the crash,” added Kirby.
Police believe the passenger was sleeping in the back seat when it jumped the median. Police say this tragedy could have been prevented had the passenger been buckled up.
“We’re still early into the ‘100 Deadliest Days,’ and we continue to talk about seat belt usage and still we continue to have fatalities without seat belt usage. It’s really just a simple thing to do. To put your seat belt on and it can literally save your life,” said Kirby.