A rollover in I-84 just outside of Tremonton Wednesday left one woman dead and three children with minor injuries.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Lindy Jai Lane Ross, 23, of Meeker, Colo., was heading west on I-84 three miles west of Tremonton when she drifted off the left side of the road into the median. She then tried to correct herself, and overcorrected back onto the freeway and lost control. The truck rolled one and a half times and came to rest on its roof in the median. Ross was not wearing a seat belt and was killed in the crash. Her three passengers, three children ages 4, 2 and 9 months, were all properly restrained in car seats and suffered only minor scratches and bumps.
Officers are still trying to determine what caused Ross to drift off the Interstate. Lane closures were in place for about two and a half hours as the accident was investigated and the scene cleared.
Update 5/21 from Matthew K. Jensen, Logan Herald Journal:
The children, ages 9 months, 2 and 4 years old, were transported to Bear River Valley Hospital where they stayed for about two hours.
After communicating with the victim’s family and church leaders, Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry volunteered to take the woman’s three children to his home in Box Elder County, where they waited for a family member from Wyoming to collect the children.
“I just didn’t want these kids to go through another shuffle,” he said. “They had seen me and knew who I was and I thought it would be the best option.”
Perry said he was concerned the children would be taken into state custody until a family member arrived and said he wanted to keep the children as comfortable as possible.
A family member from Evanston, Wyo., met Perry at his home Wednesday evening.