UHP investigates deadly I-15 crash

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Utah Highway Patrol identified the driver killed as 33-year-old Brady M. Shepherd of Taylorsville.

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DAVIS COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Utah Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash that slowed down thousands of drivers, early Friday morning.

It happened just before 6 a.m. on I-15 Northbound near Woods Cross High School (2200 South).  

Officials say a driver in his 30's suddenly swerved across every lane of traffic and smashed into a freeway barrier.  The impact reportedly shut down that car and its headlights, making it very difficult for drivers behind it to see what had happened.

"A second vehicle approaching the area at the last minute saw the vehicle and swerved, and there was a sideswipe glancing blow... Unfortunately, the third vehicle that came through also didn't see the vehicle, and struck it at freeway speeds," explained UHP Sgt. Nathan Powell.

Emergency crews closed the freeway near 1500 South to allow a safe space for a medical chopper to land.

 

Authorities later pronounced the first driver dead at the scene.  Now, investigators are trying to figure out why he swerved in the first place and if drugs or alcohol played a role. 

 

Officials say one of the other two drivers involved also sustained some serious injuries but is now recovering at a local hospital. 

As part of the ongoing investigation, UHP plans on closing down a couple of freeway lanes in the same area, Saturday morning, to do what they call 'reconstruction of the scene.'  Troopers say that will likely happen between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. 

 


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