Snowstorm blamed for fatality in Peoa |

Snowstorm blamed for fatality in Peoa

by Nan Chalat Noaker, Record editor

Felipe Salinas, a 28-year-old Kamas man 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 who was driving a 1985 Oldsmobile was traveling northbound on S.R. 32 when he lost control and slid into the southbound lane hitting a 2000 Toyota Tundra. Utah Highway Partrol spokesman Cameron Roden said it appeared the Oldsmobile was traveling too fast for the snowy conditions.

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 and had not been using a seatbelt, he added.

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 were on 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 incident 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 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.