SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah, March 26, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Authorities have released the name of a man killed Monday morning in a series of crashes involving 23 vehicles on Interstate 80 near Echo Junction.
According to a statement by the Utah Highway Patrol long-distance truck driver, Oscar Longoria, 61, from Barling, Missouri, died after his rig was involved in one of the accidents starting about 7:30 a.m.
Sixteen people were injured in a total of five crashes, all of which took place within a matter of minutes on a half-mile span of Interstate 80 eight miles north of Coalville.
Roads in the area were packed with snow and ice at the time of the accidents, the majority of which involved commercial vehicles.
AirMed transported at least one victim to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden in critical condition.
Two others were transported by ground ambulance to Park City with non-life threatening injuries.
13 more victims were taken by school bus to Coalville where they were treated for minor injuries.
Eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 were reopened late Monday afternoon.
It was unclear when the westbound lanes were expected to reopen.
Gephardt Daily is monitoring the road clean-up and will update the story when more information becomes available.