Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 12:00 AM |

Orem crash leaves one man dead, 3 injured

Justin Hill THE DAILY HERALD


A man was killed and his brother suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday after their pickup truck crossed into opposing lanes of traffic and was broadsided by another vehicle at 1484 N. State St. in Orem.

Police were not disclosing their names Tuesday because family members hadn't yet been notified of the accident.

Police believe the passenger in the pickup truck was killed on impact, said Orem Police Lt. Phil Murphy

The driver was flown to University of Utah Hospital, where he was in critical condition Tuesday night. The driver of the second vehicle was in stable condition at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. A passenger in the vehicle was also at that hospital in stable condition. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

Orem dispatch received multiple calls about the accident at approximately 6:40 p.m.

The brothers were northbound in a Nissan pickup truck when the driver lost control after a vehicle either pulled out or changed lanes in front of the pickup, Murphy said.

The driver overcorrected, sending the vehicle into the southbound lanes, where it was broadsided by a 2000 GMC Sierra in the middle lane.

"It totally demolished the truck," Murphy said. "It was a very severe impact."

Witnesses indicated the Nissan pickup was traveling at a high rate of speed, Murphy said. The truck's speed had not yet been determined Tuesday night, although Murphy said police believe speed was an issue in the crash.

State Street was closed about five to 10 minutes so a medical helicopter could arrive at the scene. The road was restricted to one lane in each direction for about an hour.