SALT LAKE CITY — One person died after the car they were in crossed into oncoming lanes on Interstate 80 and crashed head-on into another vehicle Saturday night, causing a fire and closing the westbound portion of the freeway for hours.
According to Utah Highway Patrol, a BMW sedan was traveling east on I-80 around 8:30 p.m. when it crossed the median "for unknown reasons," then burst into flames as it rolled across the median.
Three people who were in the BMW were ejected from the vehicle. Another, who was not ejected, suffered fatal injuries. The extent of the injuries to the three ejected individuals were not provided.
A westbound Ford Explorer saw the car rolling across the median and stopped, UHP explained. The BMW crashed into the front of the Explorer, and both vehicles were engulfed in flames. All of the individuals in the Ford Explorer exited the vehicle safely and were uninjured in the crash.
Westbound I-80 was completely closed due to the crash for hours Saturday night as officials investigated the incident.
Video below: Firefighters work to extinguish the flames following the crash (Credit: Samuel Price)