Victim in Bangerter Hwy. crash identified

Posted at 2:35 PM, May 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-14 12:57:08-04

WEST JORDAN - One woman is dead and four people are injured after a crash on Bangerter Highway in West Jordan on Sunday morning.

Police said a white SUV traveling northbound on Bangerter Highway near 7900 South just before 7 a.m. lost control and collided with a white passenger car stopped at a U-turn lane on the southbound side of the road.

"The driver reported that he lost control somehow and ended up colliding the white passenger car that was actually traveling southbound," said West Jordan Police Officer JC Holt.

The driver of that passenger car, 30-years-old Tanya Cordova, was pronounced dead at the scene, said police.

Four people in the SUV were transported to the hospital, one via medical helicopter; the three passengers--a 22-year-old female, 26-year-old female and 34-year-old male--are in critical condition. The 33-year-old driver is in serious condition. The male passenger was ejected from the vehicle.

"I heard a man just in so much pain, just wailing and rolling around on the ground. And part of his clothes had been torn away," said Yvonne Flitton, who witnessed the accident and called 911.

The crash is still under investigation, and crews had Bangerter Highway closed in the area until about noon Sunday.

"With the construction that we've had here, we have had some accidents here. I don't know if it's a result of the construction or not, but we have had previous accidents here," said Holt.