Deadliest weekend of the summer on Utah roadways

A series of bad accidents left nine people dead over the weekend with one clinging to his life. Utah Highway Patrol is calling this weekend the deadliest weekend so far for the 100-deadliest days of summer.
MURRAY, Utah ( ABC 4 Utah) - A series of bad accidents left nine people dead over the weekend with one clinging to his life. Utah Highway Patrol is calling this weekend the deadliest weekend so far for the 100-deadliest days of summer. 

Since Memorial Day there have been 33 deaths on Utah roadways.

It all began on Saturday, July 5th in Tooele. A gray Dodge pick-up driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 crashed head on with a Chevy suburban.

"It resulted in an absolutely devastating head on collision," said Maj. Michael Rapich with the Utah Highway Patrol. "We had this very aggressive driver, very high speed and what we believe, we are investigating to be an impaired driver caused this horrific crash."

A family of four was in that suburban. Three of which died. Only the drivers of the two cars survived, both in serious condition.

"That is 100% avoidable. That is one person making a very unwise decision for a whole lot of people at risk," the Major added.

Then yesterday in Monticello, 6 died in a head on crash on State Route 191 near mile marker 81.

A van with five people inside tried to pass another vehicle.  That van hit a sports car with two people inside of it.

The sports car caught on fire killing the two people inside of it. Three others died in the van. Two were taken to the hospital where one passed away.

"Because of the number of people who were actually killed, there is only one survivor out of that crash. Six people died, one has survived. That person is in extremely critical condition," said Maj. Rapich.

That brings the total to 33 deaths on Utah roads since the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer launched 5 weeks ago. Averaging out to one person dying a day.

"How do we curb this? We are still working on that. I can tell you the things we are going to be doing. Throughout the 100 deadliest days of summer we are going to continue to put extra highway patrol shifts out there on a regular basis. Basically we are taking our man power and we are taxing it out as much as we possibly can," the Major added.

Officers say that number could rise again after this morning's crash where two people were ejected out of a rollover in Davis County.

Troopers will be extending there main power to limit fatalities and accidents.  In the case of the Tooele accident, UHP had troopers responding from both the east and west on I-80 and were moments away from preventing that fatal accident. 
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