Snowstorm blamed for fatality in Peoa
April 30, 2010
Felipe Salinas, a 28-year-old Kamas resident was killed in an early-morning head-on collision in Peoa on Thursday. It was one of several accidents during the early-morning snowstorm.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Salinas was traveling northbound on S.R. 32 in a 1985 Oldsmobile when he lost control and slid into the southbound lane hitting a 2000 Toyota Tundra. Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Cameron Roden said it appeared the Oldsmobile was traveling too fast for the snowy conditions and was not using a seatbelt.
When emergency personnel arrived on scene Salinas was talking but "he went downhill quickly and died on scene," Roden said. He had to be extricated from the vehicle.
The driver of the Tundra, a 50-year-old resident of Coalville suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital in Murray. S.R. 32 between Brown’s Canyon and Wanship was closed for about two hours while emergency personnel cleared the scene.
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper who was responding to the Peoa accident also lost control of his vehicle and slid into a power pole in Oakley. He did not sustain any significant injuries, according to Roden.
In a separate accident on Interstate 80 at the Lamb’s Canyon exit, an eastbound Honda Accord lost traction, hit a barrier, spun around and slid between the highway dividers into the westbound lanes. The Honda was then hit by a Nissan Sentra.
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The driver of the Nissan Sentra was taken to a hospital Murray in critical condition, Roden said. The two occupants of the Honda, both 31 year old males, were also transported to Salt Lake area hospitals. According to Roden, the driver was in fair condition and the passenger was in serious condition.
Westbound traffic on I80 was routed around the accident using the Lamb’s Canyon on and off ramps.
Friends and family of Felipe Salinas are raising funds to send his body to Mexico for burial. Salinas lived in the Kamas Valley for about 10 years and worked in the construction business. He was also a member of the Kamas Third Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Those who wish to contribute to his funeral costs can make a donation at any branch of Zions Bank to the Felipe Salinas donation account.