WASHINGTON CITY – Two people were transported to the hospital in serious to critical condition Friday night after a car going the wrong way on southbound Interstate 15 crashed into an oncoming semitruck.
Around 8 p.m., the Utah Highway Patrol was alerted to a head-on collision between a semi and a passenger car on southbound I-15, at milepost 13 just south of the Exit 13 bridge.
Witnesses told UHP that the car was originally traveling in the northbound lane when it crossed over the median into the southbound lanes and then up part of the southbound exit ramp, then going back into the main southbound lane where it collided with a semitruck head-on, UHP Lt. Shawn Hinton said.
The semi driver saw the oncoming car early enough to start slowing his vehicle, Hinton said, but he was unable to avoid running into the car. The car caught fire after the impact, though the flames were quickly extinguished.
The car’s driver was identified as Cherlene Olaguez, 55, and UHP is investigating whether or not a preexisting medical condition may have been the cause of the crash. The car’s other passenger, an adult male described as being in his 40s or older, was not identified.
One of the car’s occupants was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by ambulance while the other had to he extricated from the car and was taken to the hospital via Life Flight.
Both were listed as being in serious to critical condition, Hinton said.
The section of I-15 surrounding the accident was shut down and redirected though Exit 13 while responders tended to the scene.
Washington City Police and Fire departments assisted in the incident.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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