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4 people taken to hospital after wrong way crash

One person in extremely critical condition
Posted at 6:34 AM, Jan 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-16 13:43:37-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Four people were hospitalized, one in critical condition, after a crash on I-215 West at 600 South, after a passenger car going the wrong way collided with a semi in the northbound lane early Sunday morning.

The damaged semi with overturned trailers in the wake of the wrong-way crash. Courtesy Utah Highway Patrol.

According to an official news release from the state Department of Public Safety, troopers responded to the crash just before 3:00 a.m., where they found that a passenger car, occupied by two people, had been going south in the northbound lanes, crashing into a semi truck head-on. The crash caused the semi to be fully engulfed in flames. The passenger vehicle spun off to the right shoulder.

A snapshot of the UDOT traffic camera overlooking the scene, showing the semi in flames.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was transported to an area in fair condition, while the passenger was in extremely critical condition. Neither of them were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Meanwhile, the driver and passenger of the semi were taken to the hospital in good condition.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Northbound I-215 West was closed as crews worked to investigate and clear the scene. Traffic was diverted off SR-201 and California Avenue.

It was reopened just after 10:00 a.m.