Crashes kill two people on freeway |

Crashes kill two people on freeway

The summer holiday season began with two fatalities on Interstate 80 in Summit County.

A 39-year-old Morgan County man driving a Ford Escort died at the scene of a crash Saturday when a semi-truck crushed his car near Echo.

The crash occurred at about 11:20 a.m. on westbound I-80, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Blaine Robbins said.

"Also traveling westbound there was a tractor-trailer in the right lane," Robbins said.

The man went under the truck in the car when he tried to pass the vehicle on the left, he said.

While passing the truck on a curve the car veered into the median, Robbins said. The Escort driver, Chad D. Loftus, of Croydon, was killed in the crash.

"He overcorrected and went underneath the semi-truck. That caused both of them to roll off the road to the right hand side," Robbins added. "When the semi-truck rolled it rolled right on top of this car and killed the driver."

The truck driver was taken to University Hospital in Salt Lake City with injuries that were not life threatening, Robbins said.

"There is a possibility that alcohol was a factor," Robbins said about evidence found inside the car. "It is under investigation."

Friday, a 12-year-old girl died after being ejected from the minivan she was riding in at roughly 6:25 p.m.

"The vehicle hydroplaned and rolled at least three times," Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Cameron Roden said.

The crash killed Sidney Weber who had addresses listed in Bountiful and Brighton, Colo., he said.

The driver of the Toyota Sienna was traveling more than 80 mph on westbound I-80 in North Summit at the time of the crash, Roden said.

"[Weber] was not belted in," Roden said.

The child was transported to a hospital in Evanston, Wyo. Weber was later airlifted to Primary Children’s Medical Center where she died.

"There were at least four other individuals in the car," Roden said, adding that the others had only minor injuries.

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