Three vehicles are reported to be involved in an accident on Sunday in Tooele County. According to the report, there were eleven people, total, involved in the incident. The accident occurred along State Route 36 near the interchange with SR 38. This rural highway has had its share of accidents, according to witnesses, but this has been the first instance of an accident of this severity; three people are reported dead while six others were injured.

The report added that a van with seven people inside  —five teenagers and two adults— was involved in the accident. The occupants of the van were going on a trip to Salt Lake City with a church group in a caravan with two other vehicles. One of the adults from the van is reported among the fatalities. Two young people from this group were also reported to have sustained serious injuries. The video report accompanying the Fox13 article stated that five teenagers were ejected from the van.  One female teenager was thrown from the van to the side of the road. Other occupants were injured to a lesser extent. A total of four medical helicopters were dispatched to the scene.

According to authorities, the van was trying to make a U-turn when it was T-boned by a red Subaru. The two occupants of the red Subaru were confirmed dead at the scene.

The report added that Route 36 has been closed in both directions near the site of the crash and no information was given on how long the closure would remain.

Christensen & Hymas offers its condolences to the bereaved family and friends. We remind our readers, as always, to be careful on Utah’s roads. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye and with little warning, it only takes a second of inattention to permanently change lives.

Original article by Mark Green and Todd Tanner of Fox13