Five people were injured, two critically, when one SUV tried to make a U-turn in front of another on I-80 Sunday.
A California couple traveling east on the interstate decided to go back to Wendover at about 3 p.m., and attempted to do so using the highway median area marked for emergency vehicle use about 10 miles east of Wendover, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
The couple started to merge into westbound traffic, merging into the right lane, and an SUV behind them in the right lane noticed the first vehicle’s actions and moved to the left lane to allow it to get up to speed in the other lane, according to the UHP, but the driver of the first SUV, a 69-year-old woman, reportedly turned across both lanes, and the two crashed.
The driver of the first SUV was flown to a Salt Lake hospital as a precaution, while her 70-year-old husband, who was a passenger, was taken by ambulance to the same hospital in serious condition.
A 37-year-old man riding in the second SUV was also flown to a Salt Lake hospital, while the two other occupants of that vehicle — the 34-year-old man driving the SUV and a 59-year-old woman who was a passenger — were taken by ambulance to Salt Lake hospitals, as well.
The driver of the first SUV was cited for failure to yield to a faster vehicle in her travel lane.