The crash occurred at about 3 p.m. when a southbound Nissan Maxima driven by David Lewis, 28, of Saginaw, Texas, attempted to pass a semi-tractor trailer in a no-passing zone, according to a report from the Utah Highway Patrol. The Nissan struck a northbound Hyndai Azera and began spinning out of control down the highway, investigators said.
“As the Nissan spun out of control, it was struck broadside in the passenger door by a northbound Cadillac DTS,” according to the UHP report. “The Nissan spun to a stop in the center of the road. The Cadillac rotated off the shoulder and stopped.”
A northbound Toyota Camry traveling behind the Hyundai avoided being struck but was damaged from flying debris.
A front-seat passenger in the Nissan, Juan Vidales, 54, and a front-seat passenger in the Cadillac, Arthur Loewen, 69, of Perry, Ga., died on impact, according to UHP investigators. A passenger riding in the rear seat of the Nissan, Stephanie Vidales, 27, also of Saginaw, Texas, died after being ejected from the vehicle during the crash, according to the UHP report.
Lewis and a 10-year-old girl who was also a passenger in the Nissan received minor injuries and were transported to San Juan Hospital for treatment. The driver of the Cadillac, Linda Loewen, 67, of Perry, Ga., and a passenger, Terry Smith, 66, of El Reno, Okla., were both seriously injured. They were transported by medical helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., for treatment. The occupants of the Hyundai also received minor injuries and the driver of the Toyota was uninjured, according to the UHP report.
Investigators said alcohol or drugs “do not appear to be a factor” in the crash.
“This was a very violent crash and it will take some time to reconstruct,” UHP officials said in the report.
The Utah State Bureau of Investigation is assisting with crash scene diagramming, UHP officials said.