Dash cam video shows crash, explosion that killed fleeing driver in Cache County

CACHE COUNTY, Utah, July 31, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Highway Patrol has released the dash cam video of a crash that killed one man and severely injured another Wednesday near Wellsville.

Earlier, Logan police identified Marcos Torres, 26, of Brigham City, as the man who died at the scene while fleeing police.

Torres’ pickup truck hit a semi-truck hauling a load of sand on U.S. 89/91. The violent, head-on impact caused an explosion and immediate fire.

The driver of the semi, William Gray of Rigby, Idaho, was on fire, but was able to get out of his vehicle and was extinguished by a Highway Patrol trooper. Medical crews transported Gray to Logan Regional Hospital, where he was later air-lifted to University of Utah Hospital. Gray is a reserve police officer for Rigby Police Department

The incident began just after 2 p.m. Wednesday when a trooper spotted a black Silverado pickup truck that matched an attempt-to-locate call, the Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release. The vehicle was initially north bound from Sardine Canyon toward Logan City; however, the vehicle was reported to have made several direction changes.

“When the trooper tried to pull the car over, it fled,” the news release said. “Troopers continued to follow the pickup truck, but at that point the pickup truck reached a high rate of speed. For an unknown reason the pickup truck crossed the median and collided head-on with a semi-truck.”

U.S. 89/91 was closed for nearly seven hours while officers documented evidence at the scene of the explosive crash.

No cause or motive has yet been determined and the incident is still under investigation.

The driver of a pickup truck is dead after he crossed into oncoming traffic fleeing from police and collided head-on with a semi-truck near Wellsville Wednesday afternoon. Photo Courtesy: UHP

 

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