SALINA, Sevier County — Two drivers were killed Thursday night after a wrong-way driver on I-70 caused a series of crashes, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
Just after 11 p.m., dispatchers received calls of a small vehicle driving the wrong way on I-70 east of Salina, according to the UHP. A few minutes later, a head-on crash was reported involving the wrong-way driver and a Ford Expedition.
“After the head-on, the Ford Expedition was struck from behind by a semi truck. The Ford Expedition rolled down the road and into the median, landing on its wheels and catching on fire,” the UHP stated.
The driver of the Expedition — a Romanian citizen visiting the U.S. — was killed. A passenger was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the UHP stated. The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was ejected and also killed, according to the UHP.
Investigators say alcohol and drug impairment are believed to be factors in the crash. The name of the wrong-way driver was not immediately released.