Investigators said Tuesday they doubt the cause of a highway crash Saturday night that killed five people, including four members of a Green River family, will ever be known.
Killed in the two-car collision, which occurred at 11:40 p.m. two miles west of Sunnyside Junction on U.S. 6, were Eva Harris, 81, East Carbon City, and four members of the George Weihing family. Killed were George Weihing, 53, Green River; his wife, Arlene, 50, driver of their car; daughter Stacia, 11; and granddaughter Shalese Magleby, 9. The granddaughter lived in Price.Highway patrol trooper Cort Childs said Eva Harris, who was traveling west toward Price in the eastbound lane of traffic, did not drive often. It was very unusual for her to be driving alone to Price at any time and especially at that late hour, he said.
Childs said there has been speculation that Harris had become ill and was attempting to drive herself to Castleview Hospital in Price without bothering anyone.
He checked the hospital thinking she may have called it before leaving home. She had not. Nor had she contacted her son who lives in East Carbon City, he said.
The Weihing family was returning to their home in Green River after spending the evening visiting family members who lived in Price and attending a dance review. Shalese had decided to go home with them.
Childs said the collision was the worst accident he had ever investigated. He said all five people died instantly, and the cars were badly wrecked - one of the vehicles that was normally 16 feet long had been shortened 6 feet by the collision. He said no alcohol was involved.
It was estimated the Weihing car was traveling 50 mph and the Harris car 55 mph at the time of impact.
A short time before the fatal collision, the Harris car had sideswiped another car driven by Eric York of Moab. York's bumper was barely nicked and is considered a separate accident. York, who was traveling toward Moab, turned around and gave chase and was one of the first people to arrive on the accident scene.