Truck driver booked on 6 counts of automobile homicide after crash on SR-40

WASATCH COUNTY – Six people were killed in a three-vehicle crash on SR-40 late Friday morning.

The crash happened just before noon. Utah Highway Patrol said a dump truck was traveling westbound on SR-40 when it crossed the median and vaulted over the cable barrier. A 2002 Dodge Ram pickup occupied by six adults was traveling eastbound when the dump truck crossed into eastbound lanes. The dump truck broadsided the Dodge Ram on the driver’s side.

Three of the occupants were thrown from the pickup truck while the other three occupants remained in the truck. All six occupants of the Dodge Ram, believed to be male adults, were killed on impact. At the same time, a 2018 Jeep Wrangler was traveling eastbound at the same location.
Reported: (News4Utah)
The driver swerved to avoid the two trucks and lost control of the Jeep. The Jeep veered to the right, and rolled in the right-hand shoulder, coming to rest upside down. Two female occupants of the Jeep sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Park City Medical Center. The man who was driving the dump truck was taken to Heber Medical Center with minor injuries. Investigators believe he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash. According to UHP, once released from the hospital, he was transported to Wasatch County Jail and booked on six counts of automobile homicide, with more charges pending.

UHP briefing following 3 vehicle crash. Multiple fatalities HWY 40 near Jordanelle Reservoir. South bound lanes affected.

Posted by ABC4 Utah – Good4Utah on Friday, October 19, 2018

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