Police identify two men killed in wrong-way crash near Magna

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MAGNA, Utah -- Utah Highway Patrol troopers shut down a stretch of SR-201 early Wednesday morning after a crash that killed two people.

A representative for UHP said a truck was traveling east in the westbound lanes for at least half a mile before it collided with a passenger car around 1:30.

"Traffic was very light, as you can imagine, at 2 o'clock in the morning and these two vehicles hit head-on," said Sgt. Todd Royce, UHP. "The guy that was headed westbound and the guy headed eastbound probably didn't even realize what was going on before the accident occurred."

Both drivers were killed in the crash. Since there were no witnesses, investigators are tasked with figuring out why the truck driver was traveling in the wrong direction.

Police later identified the victims. Farlaino G. Earl, 57, of Midvale was driving the pickup truck. Josephy Reily, 38, of Tooele was driving the passenger car. Both men were wearing seat belts, according to a statement from the Utah Highway Patrol.

The speed limit in the area of the crash is 60 mph.  UHP Sgt. Rich Nielson said there were no signs that either of the drivers had used their brakes and there were no indications of drug or alcohol use.  Sgt. Royce said he believes drowsy driving was a factor in the crash.

6 comments

  • jamie mcmullin

    If there were witnesses how do they know how long the truck had been traveling in the wrong lane or if it was. That poor family of the person driving not only lost a loved one but now have to deal with the thought that it was that drivers fault. No signs of skid marks, no witnesses? But yet they could tell the truck was driving in the wrong lane for a half a mile. Do they make this stuff up? Sad story all around bur I think they should be sure before placing the blame! My thoughts are with both families at this time. I know how hard it is to lose loved ones this time of year.

    • bob

      “Since there were no witnesses……”

      And it’s not difficult to tell exactly where the impact happened. The truck was in the wrong lane. The story makes it very clear that they don’t know WHY it was in the wrong lane……because THERE WERE NO WITNESSES. If there was snow on the road at all then it wouldn’t be difficult to figure out how far it traveled in the wrong lane, though. Follow the tracks.

      Let me know if I can interpret any other difficult stories for you. I’m here to help.

    • basnsas

      Really?! I don’t even know where to begin with this comment. Maybe you should ask some real questions before “blaming” the stupid cops who must be corrupt and not have any training or intelligence.

      • jamie mcmullin

        Wow, I don’t believe I said anything about “stupid or corrupt cops”. I just wanted to express that I think that maybe some details of stories like this should be left out before they have time to really investigate the accident. I am not a cop hater I respect all law enforcement. I was also just expressing how hard it must be for that family having to deal with the fact that their loved one may have been the cause of taking another life. I did not intend to offend anyone. And I think your assumption’s of what I. Was trying to express were totally out of line. I don’t know if you have ever lost a loved one but I have lost all of my siblings but one and it is unbearable especially when you lose them during the holidays. You should assume how people feel about law enforcement. I apologize if I offended anyone but in my opinion it sounds like you thrive on bashing people that post how they feel. I hope you have a Happy New Year. Sounds like you need all the help you can get

  • Danny

    I know the man and he was a close friend of mine for 30 years. It’s obvious that he was confused for some reason, because I never knew him to abuse alcohol or drugs. A sad loss for his family and friends and the family of the other driver………I will miss you Earl.

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