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1 dead following pursuit on US-40 near Park City

Posted at 1:55 PM, Sep 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-22 23:37:59-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — One person is dead and another injured after a car crashed following a pursuit that ended in Summit County Wednesday morning.

Officials say they received a call around 9 a.m. of a vehicle stolen from a parking lot in Hideout. An hour later, a witness called 911 from Midway saying individuals were attempting to break into a vehicle. The suspects were seen leaving in a car matching the description of the vehicle previously stolen.

A Summit County Sheriff's Office official gives details on what led to the fatal crash

Summit County Sheriff's Office details chase that led to accident near Park City

A Wasatch County Sheriff's Office deputy located the black car on SR-113 at 10:20 a.m. and attempted to stop the vehicle. After failing to stop, a pursuit ensued, but was terminated after twice losing visuals on the car.

The pursuit resumed on River Road with speeds reaching in excess of 95 miles per hour, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

US-40 Chase Accideent

After the chase reached U.S. 40 in Summit County, a deputy attempted to stop the car by deploying a tire deflating device, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and run off the road before crashing near mile marker 2.

The passenger in the car, an adult female, died at the scene, while the driver, an adult male, was transported to the hospital.

The Utah Highway Patrol has closed northbound lanes of US-40 at Exit 2 near Park City due to the incident.

Officials are asking drivers to avoid the area and plan an alternate route.