Brothers killed after car hits vehicles parked alongside SR-201 near Magna

Posted at 2:23 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 19:31:43-04

MAGNA, Utah -- Two brothers were killed and another man was injured Wednesday after a car traveling on SR-201 near Magna collided with two vehicles that had pulled over to the side of the road.

Sgt. Todd Royce, Utah Highway Patrol, said the crash occurred near mile marker 5 on SR-201 in the Magna area, and FOX 13 News first heard report of the crash just after 1:30 p.m. SR-201 remains closed in the vicinity as of just after 5 p.m.

Troopers at the scene said a man driving a Ford F-350 truck pulled to the side of the road after his vehicle sustained a flat tire. His brother, driving a Mazda passenger car, pulled over to assist.

Police said it appears that as the pair were retrieving tools from the trunk of  the Mazda, a Pontiac driven by another man approached the sharp curve and struck one of the parked cars at full speed. The impact sent the first parked car into the other parked vehicle. The two men outside their vehicles were killed instantly.

The deceased were identified as 49-year-old Abel Arrelano of Salt Lake City and 52-year-old Armando Arellano-Fregoso of West Valley city. UHP confirms the men are brothers.

The male driving the third car was taken to a hospital in Tooele with injuries described as not being life-threatening.

UHP said they don't believe speed was a factor in the crash, but they are investigating the possibility that distraction or fatigue played a role.

FOX 13 News has a crew at the scene and has reached out to authorities for more information, and we will update this story as more details emerge.