One killed, 2 others in critical condition after semi hits car in Tooele County

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah - A 38-year-old man is dead and two others are in critical condition after a crash in Tooele County.

The Utah Highway Patrol said a semi truck hit a Dodge Neon that was either stopped or going very slow in the westbound lanes of I-80 towards Wendover at mile post 23 just after 5 a.m. Friday.

The semi driver told officers he couldn't stop in time and hit the Dodge.

The collision forced the car off to the side of the road.

Officers said the man who died was in the back seat and died on impact. He was later identified as 38-year-old Andy Lew of Spanish Fork.

Two women were also in the car and critically injured; a 35-year-old passenger and a 34-year-old driver.

They were flown to the hospital.

The car has Utah license plates; authorities have not confirmed the identities of those involved at this time because they are having trouble reaching the victims' families.

Authorities are investigating why the car was not driving at freeway speeds and if drugs or alcohol were factors.

Check back with Fox 13 for the latest updates.

4 comments

  • BOB

    If you’re going to stop it is always a good idea to pull off to the side of the freeway. They teach that in the basic highway driving 101 class.,

    • Eric

      As a truck driver I see this from time to time where cars will slow down really slow and turn off their lights to cause a truck to hit them for insurance fraud. Hope that is not the case.

      • Anotherbob

        Who in their right mind would risk their own life by attempting a fraud claim with a semi on a freeway??? This happened late enough there would have been some light, regardless if car is driving slow or stopped it is the person coming up on them that is responsible for avoiding.

      • bob

        Nobody does that in front of a semi going 70 mph.

        Arrow straight, level road. Perfect visibility. No reason at all the trucker couldn’t have seen the car, if he was actually paying attention.

        If you hit somebody from behind you are always at fault. Period. They may ALSO be at fault for being a numbskull, but you are required to know what’s going on ahead of you at all times, and you cannot drive at a speed that doesn’t allow to you stop in time for an obstacle.

Comments are closed.