Teen driver dead after 3-vehicle collision near Deer Creek Reservoir

A 17-year-old boy died in a Wasatch County accident involving three vehicles on Jan. 1, 2021. Photo: Utah DPS

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah, Jan. 1, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A teen driver is dead and several others injured after a three-car collision on U.S. 189 in Wasatch County.

The accident happened at mile marker 24, near Deer Creek Reservoir and a mile south of Charleston, at about 1:23 p.m. Friday.

“It’s confirmed fatal,” Trooper Chris Bishop, Utah Highway Patrol, told Gephardt Daily Friday afternoon. “There were three vehicles, seven patients, and one fatality.”

A statement issued later by the Utah Department of Public Safety says the accident happened when a Honda Civic was driving north on SR-189 next to the reservoir.

“For an unknown reason, it drifted off the road to the right,” the statement says. “The driver, who was the only occupant, overcorrected back to the left. It crossed into oncoming traffic and sideswiped a southbound Subaru Cross Trek.

“That impact spun the Honda and it was hit on the driver side by southbound Toyota Sienna minivan. The driver of the Honda, a 17-year-old male, was deceased on scene.”

The occupants of the Subaru were uninjured, the DPS statement says. The occupants of the Toyota Sienna received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to area hospitals.

US-189 closed in both directions for about three hours before reopening.

Gephardt Daily will have more information as details are released.


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