COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — A 16-year-old girl was killed and five other people were critically injured early Saturday when a car hit a truck parked along the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon, police said.
At 2:55 a.m., the car was traveling down the canyon when it left the roadway and went into a parking area off the side of the road near the Butler Fork Trailhead in the area of 9300 East, said Unified police detective Kevin Mallory.
The car hit the bed of a pickup truck that was parked there, Mallory said. The 16-year-old and her mother had been sleeping in the back of the truck.
The girl died of injuries sustained in the crash. Her name was not immediately released.
The mother remained in critical condition as of late Saturday morning.
All four occupants of the car were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from critical to very critical, according to Mallory. They were described as in their 30s.
A crash analysis and reconstruction team was on scene investigating the crash Saturday morning.
In the car, police found evidence of impairment, which is being investigated as a cause, Mallory said.
— Ashley Imlay, Dan Bammes