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3 dead after chase from Salt Lake airport parking lot ends in crash on I-80

By Wendy Leonard, Deseret News

Published: Sat, May 17 8:12 p.m. MDT

 A car flipped and left Interstate 80 near the Salt Lake City International Airport Saturday, May 17, 2014, killing three people.

A car flipped and left Interstate 80 near the Salt Lake City International Airport Saturday, May 17, 2014, killing three people.

(Hugh Carey, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Three people are dead and another was in critical condition after a crash on Interstate 80 early Saturday.

Salt Lake International Airport police attempted to stop a car that was speeding from the airport parking lot at about 5 a.m. The vehicle fled and police terminated the chase, according to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Nigbur.

But when the officer turned around, he noticed a cloud of dust and saw that the vehicle he had been chasing had crashed while trying to turn onto I-215.

Nigbur said it was apparent upon approaching the vehicle that three occupants were dead, and another, the driver, had collapsed outside of the vehicle.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Larry Mower said the vehicle had rolled several times before landing on its roof in the weeds off of the side of I-80.

"It looks like the person was on I-80 and then attempted to take the exit at the last second and couldn’t manipulate the turn," Mower said.

The driver was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and the crash remained under investigation. Names of the deceased have not been released.

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1. Twardy
Folsom, CA,
May 17, 2014

Glad those guys didn't kill anyone innocent on their way. Glad no officers were injured.

2. no fit in SG
St.George, Utah,
May 17, 2014

Twardy,
We are not here to judge, tho.
Remember there are several families suffering tonight.

3. Steve C. Warren
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT,
May 17, 2014

@Twardy

I couldn't tell from the story that the three dead occupants were guilty of anything.

4. Troy06
OREM, UT,
May 17, 2014

They were guilty of something or they would not have been speeding off so fast at 5am. So fast the officer decided to let them go. It is tragic. But c'mon, something real was causing this.

5. Cleetorn
Fuaamotu, Tonga,
May 18, 2014

Whether the driver or the passenger, they are guilty of fleeing - a 3rd degree felony. Why the passengers? Because in the time it took to get from the airport to the junction, they had ample opportunity to persuade the driver to yield to police. While they may have attempted to dissuade the driver from fleeing, nobody is providing any details refuting the obvious end to the scenario - yet.