Wrong-way crash on I-15 in Salt Lake City leaves 1 dead

Alcohol is being investigated as a “contributing factor.”

(Department of Public Safety) A wrong-way crash on Interstate 15 near 2200 North on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, left one person injured and another person dead.

A person died early Wednesday when a driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 15 in Salt Lake City slammed head-on into their car, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety.

At 1:57 a.m., Utah Highway Patrol troopers responded to the crash near 2200 North, close to the Beck Street exit.

A vehicle was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes when it hit another passenger car head-on, a news release stated. The wrong-way driver was taken to a hospital for survivable injuries and was in serious condition as of Wednesday morning.

The driver of the car that was struck was wearing his seat belt but was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was in the car.

Alcohol is being investigated as a “contributing factor” with the wrong-way driver, according to the news release.

I-15 was closed at 2300 North but was reopened around 6:30 a.m.

In 2022, 24 wrong-way crashes were reported throughout Utah, and seven of them were fatal, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety.

So far this year, three wrong-way crashes have been reported, and one of them has been fatal.