Update: 1 dead, 2 in critical condition after head-on crash near Strawberry Reservoir

One person is dead and two others are critically injured after a crash near Strawberry Reservoir on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Photo: Utah Department of Public Safety

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah, Jan. 8, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — One man is dead and two men are in critical condition following a head-on crash near Strawberry Reservoir Tuesday morning.

Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release the two-car crash occurred on State Route 40 at mile marker 50, 30 miles east of Heber City, at approximately 9 a.m.

A red Ford pickup pulling a trailer loaded with flooring product was eastbound on SR-40 and a white GMC pickup was westbound.

“In the area there was intermittent heavy fog with some areas of clearing,” the statement said. “The roads were very icy. The red Ford lost control and crossed over into oncoming lanes. It hit head on with the white GMC and both went off the north side of the road.”

The man driving the white GMC passed away on scene. The female passenger of the GMC was taken to the hospital in serious, but non life-threatening condition. The two male occupants of the red Ford were flown to the hospital in critical condition.

Speed too fast for the conditions and faulty equipment, specifically poor tire tread, are being investigated as possible causes, officials said.

A tweet from the Utah Department of Transportation said SR-40 was closed between mileposts 42 and 60 so the crash could be cleared and investigated; the road has since reopened.

The deceased man has not been identified pending notification of family.

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