Car crash kills 3, shuts down US-40 in both directions

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Utah Highway Patrol is investigating a terrible crash near Heber that claimed the lives of three young adults.
 
The deadly collision shut down US Route 40  for nearly four hours, Tuesday morning. 
 
"This is just a terrible, tragic event on an otherwise beautiful day," said Lt. Harley Watkins of UHP, who spoke with media about what happened. 
 
Witnesses say a blue Honda traveling south for some reason crossed over the center turn lane and into northbound traffic around 8:00 a.m.  That is when the horrific head-on crash between the Honda and a white Kia took place.  
 
"Your impact, in all honesty, was probably about 130 - 135 miles per hour.  That's just speculation," Watkins said. 
 
Investigators say both cars involved were driving about 10 miles faster than the posted speed limit of 55 mph.
 
In all, the crash involved five young adults and killed three.
 
Officials say the blue Honda was carrying a male driver, who authorities pronounced dead, along with a female occupant who also passed away, as well as another female passenger, who a medical chopper transported in critical condition. The male has been identified as 27-year-old Miguel J. Huitron, from Salt Lake City. Police say the woman who died was Cindy A. Cruz, 27, from West Jordan.
 
In the white Kia, responders found a female driver who they say succumbed to her injures at a hospital after crews tried to resuscitate her for more than an hour. She has been identified as Christina L. Macinauskas, 29 from Heber City.  Crews say the male passenger riding with her (and second survivor of the crash) was also transported by air in critical condition. 
 
"Life Flight took them, so we are hopeful," Watkins said. 
 
The crash shut down US-40 in both directions at River Road, as police diverted traffic.  By afternoon, all lanes were back open, but investigators say the real work was only beginning. 
 
No word yet on whether any of the young occupants were wearing seat belts. 
 
More information will be posted as it becomes available. 


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