TOOELE COUNTY, Utah – One person is in critical condition and two more are in poor condition following the crash of five vehicles in Tooele County and State Route 36 was temporarily closed near Milepost 63.
Sgt. Jacob Cox with the Utah Highway Patrol said the crash occurred on State Route 36 near Milepost 63, between Lake Point and Stansbury Park. Fox 13 News first heard about the accident shortly after 7pm.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a passenger car left its lane on the southbound lanes for some unknown reason, crossed the multipurpose lane and headed northbound traffic on the lanes in the opposite direction.
The fake vehicle hit a northbound vehicle, and the impact pushed the first vehicle northbound into a third car pushed into a fourth. The fourth car then hit a fifth vehicle.
UHP says the wrong-way vehicle driver was flown to a hospital in critical condition. The drivers of the second and third vehicles who were hit were taken to the hospital via an ambulance and are listed in poor condition.
No further injuries were reported.
The crash closed all the northern lanes of SR-36 for approximately two hours, during which time traffic was routed through Lake Point.
Troopers say it is unknown why the driver left their lane, and they investigate whether fatigue or other factors might have played a role in the accident.