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Breaking News: Accident On The Salt Flats Kills One Injures Many

Posted on 16 August 2017 by Howard Copelan

The pickup truck involved in the head on collision, Wednesday morning, not part of the races(Utah Highway Patrol office).

The van, the second vehicle involved in the head on collision, Wednesday morning(Utah Highway Patrol office).

This Wednesday morning, August 16th, a head on collision between a minivan and a pickup truck killed one person and injured a few more  on the access road at the Bonneville Salt Flats. The crash had nothing to do with the racing.

Multiple medical helicopters were called to the Bonneville Speedway for the fatal accident.

Three ambulances, one already on the Salt flats and two more were called in, from the local Wendover Ambulance.

The pickup truck had four occupants and the minivan two. All the occupants were involved in the crash. One man, 65, died.

Lt. Ron Johnson from the Tooele County sheriff Office said that three were airlifted to the hospital and two were taken by ambulance. The three airlifted were more severely and critically injured. One is in very serious condition and two others have life-threatening injuries.

All six people involved in the crash are from out of the state, visiting Utah or as crew members or as spectators for the car races.

The names of those involved have not been released yet, as the authorities are still trying to locate next of kin.

Speed Week organizers said that Speed Week is going on, racing has resumed, and will continue as previously scheduled through next weekend.

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