SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, March 27, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A woman who died Monday night when the Ford Expedition she was driving crashed into the concrete median on Interstate 80 has been identified by officials.
The deceased woman is Annastasia Seufale, 30, from West Valley City, the Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release. Officials initially said the driver was male, but that information was later amended.
The crash occurred at 11:50 p.m., when the westbound SUV veered to the left for an unknown reason and hit the barrier, the news release states.
The female driver was the only person in the vehicle. She was not wearing her seat belt and was partially ejected.
UHP Sgt. Zach Randall said at the scene that the Expedition drifted off the road, hit the median at about 900 East, and traveled another quarter-mile before coming to a stop.
He said it appeared that the Expedition was traveling at a high rate of speed.
Tire marks indicate that the Expedition rode partway up the median, Randall said, and the driver made contact with a road sign support.
Randall said there were secondary accidents along the highway as other vehicles hit the scattered debris from the initial crash; however, no one was injured in the secondary accidents.
The highway was shut down for several hours while the Major Accident Investigation Team was on scene and the roadway was cleared.
Randall said the seat belt probably would have saved the woman’s life by keeping her inside the vehicle.
“Buckle up,” Randall said. “What could have been a minor crash turned into something more serious.”
Gephardt Daily will update this story as more information becomes available.