Three Fatal Crashes Leave Three People Dead
Oct. 11, 2004
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It was a dangerous night on Utah roads last night.

Three seperate crashes leave three people dead and several more in the hospital.

This after Utah public safety officials announce there is no such thing as an 'accident'.

Amanda Butterfield joins us to explain.

First we'll start with the wrecks on the road:

The fatal accident happened around two this morning, the folks in the Suburban were heading down Parely's Canyon when the driver hit a deer.

The driver of the car swerved to miss the deer, but clipped it anyway, lost control, went into the median and rolled several times.

Two of the passangers were thrown from the car and died on the scene.

The other was flown to University of Utah Medical Center, and died upon arrival.

Utah Highway Patrol says if you do see a deer, or anything else in the road, don't swerve, slow down as much as you can and hit it straight on.

Sgt. Shawn Judd/Utah Highway Patrol: "1:04-11 YOU SHOULD NOT SWERVE OR PUT HARD STEERING AT FREEWWAY SPEEDS, YOU CAN NOT CONTROL YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU DO THAT."

Another late night crash in Murray sends two women to the hospital.

The driver of this Lexus apparently ran a red light on 56 hundred South...hitting a Ford sedan headed southbound on 13th East.

The Lexus rolled, and the white Ford was also damaged.

Both drivers were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

And on I-80 Westbound, another crash kept drivers from getting onto I-215 South for about an hour.

Troopers say a driver took the curb too fast slammed into the barrier...rolled...landing the car on its side.

The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital...but is expected to be okay.

These crashes comes just one day after Utah public safety and emergency personal announce that every incident involving a car and injury, death, or property damage happens because someone has made a *preventable mistake.

U-dot has five guidlines drivers are being asked to follow to avoid crashes:

Don't speed Don't drive while impaired Stay alert to construction and changing road conditions Wear a seatbelt at all times Be aware of pedestrians

In the fatal crash we first told you about on Parley's Canyon, Utah Highway patrol says there is still one passanger alive, being treated at the hospital.