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Van traveling “well below” 80 mph speed limit struck from behind by semi truck, killing one


A woman was killed and a toddler was injured in a wreck involving a slow-moving van in Utah on Tuesday evening. 

The accident happened on September 6th at 5:35 p.m. near Tremonton, Utah. 

According to KJZZ 14 News, a Ford Freestar minivan was traveling in the right lane of northbound Interstate 15 “well below” the 80 mph speed limit when it was struck from behind by a Freightliner semi truck. The force of the impact caused the van to roll off the right shoulder of the roadway, ejecting a 27-year-old-woman and a 3-year-old boy not wearing seatbelts in the center row of the van. 

The woman, the boy, and four other passengers were all transported to the hospital. Apart from the woman and the boy, injuries were reported to be minor. The woman reportedly died of her injuries at the hospital, and the boy was airlifted to another facility for further medical attention. His current condition is unknown. 

Earlier that day, the van had been reported to police as a reckless or suspicious vehicle parked in the emergency lane close to milepost 374 on I-15. Troopers responded to the scene and were unable to locate the minivan, but eventually found the vehicle fueling up at a gas station and spoke to the driver. After the conversation, officers cleared the scene and did not pursue the case further. 


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