A weekend to forget in Utah as road accidents have claimed the lives of six people in five different motor accidents. Spring is here and the change in weather is proving tough for motorists.
First, two men were killed when their vehicle went off the Moab Rim Jeep Trail and over a cliff on Saturday afternoon. The names of the two men who are from Arizona were not revealed but police say they both died on the scene of the accident.“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims,” Moab Police Sgt. Braydon Palmer said. He added that the exact cause of the accident hasn't been discovered yet but eyewitnesses claim there must have been some mechanical issues with the car just before the accident.
Dodge truck landed upside down at Logan river| Utah department of public safety.
Also that evening, a pickup truck with two men lost control and dived off highway 89 and fell into the Logan river landing upside down. The passenger-only escaped with injuries but the driver was pronounced dead at the hospital. Early investigation claims that the driver must have been impaired. Police have also declined to release their names. Earlier that day, a vehicle rolled over Logan Canyon claiming the life of the driver.
Furthermore, on Sunday morning, a 35-year-old man was killed after he drove his four-wheeler off a steep road at Five Mile Pass near Tooele County Utah and fell 30 foot down over a railing. Tooele County Sheriff Paul Wimmer suspected that he took a wrong turn in the dark and fell over with the wheeler landing on him killing him immediately. A search party was called after the man who drove off without his phone or helmet hadn't been seen for a while. He was camping out with family members for the weekend. Lt. Nick Street of the Utah Highway Patrol said, “Somebody loves you and if you make that decision and something out of your control happens to where you needed to have that helmet on and don’t, we’re the ones that have to have that difficult conversation with somebody that loves you and tell them that you are no longer here.”
Likewise, on Sunday, a man from Salt Lake City died in a motorcycle accident when he crashed with an SUV. The man in his early 20s was said to have been involved in street racing at 1300 South and 700 East. The man died hours later at the hospital while the driver of the SUV, albeit injured was gutted about the situation. “With the warm weather coming on, there are more motorcyclists out. There are more bicyclists out,” says Lt. Lisa Pascadlo of the Salt Lake City Police Department. “A lot of people are not paying attention as they’re driving because of the wonderful weather. We tend to want to look out the windows and not pay attention to where we’re going.”
According to Zero Fatalities, there have so far been 81 deaths and 73 fatal crashes in Utah in 2021. In 2020, there were 281 deaths along various roads in Utah, an increase by 33 from 2019 despite fewer people driving due to the pandemic.
“Make those scans across the roadways to look for smaller vehicles. As we look for larger cars, it’s easy. But now we have to take a little slower scan of our left and right before we move into an intersection and make sure we’re not missing motorcycles.”Lt. Nick Street added.