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2 women dead after wrong-way crash on I-215

Elderly woman had driven 2-3 miles on freeway the wrong way before crash, troopers say

Utah Highway Patrol troops clean up after a double fatal accident due to a wrong-way driver on I-215 near 2000 East in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
Utah Highway Patrol troops clean up after a double fatal accident due to a wrong-way driver on I-215 near 2000 East in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

HOLLADAY — An elderly woman driving the wrong way on eastbound I-215 caused a head-on crash that killed her and another woman Friday afternoon, troopers said.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a woman in her 80s had driven the wrong way for 2 to 3 miles before the crash happened near 2000 East early Friday afternoon.

Utah Highway Patrol troops clean up after a double fatal accident due to a wrong-way driver on I-215 near 2000 East in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers clean up after a double fatal accident due to a wrong-way driver on I-215 near 2000 East in Cottonwood Heights on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The woman who died in the other car was in her 20s, troopers said. Her name was not immediately released.

The woman in her 80s died later Friday afternoon, troopers said.

Eastbound I-215 between 2000 East and 3000 East remained closed as of about 5 p.m., according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

“Please find an alternate route and be aware of first responders and tow trucks in the area,” UHP tweeted.

This story will be updated.