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Utah man, Romanian identified in fatal head-on crash on I-70

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Alcohol or drug impairment are suspected in{ }a wrong-way crash on Interstate 70 that killed two people{ }Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (Photo: UDPS)

Alcohol or drug impairment are suspected in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 70 that killed two people Thursday, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety.

Killed was Russann Johnson, 54, of Provo and Gregory Romero of Romania, each the driver of the two vehicles that collided. A semi truck also was involved in the crash and a passenger in Johnson's vehicle was taken to a hospital with non life threatening injuries.

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Dispatch took a call just after 11 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 reporting a a white car had entered I-70 heading the wrong way, traveling east in westbound lanes near milepost 84 near the Ivy Creek rest and picnic area. Minutes later another emergency call was made to report the crash. The white vehicle, driven by Johnson, was traveling the wrong direction when the Ford Expedition driven by Romero collided with it head on.

I-70 is the east-west interstate across central Utah. It connects with Interstate 15 in western Utah and heads into Colorado on Utah's eastern boarder.

Then the semi truck hit Romero's Ford Expedition from behind, sending it rolling down the road and into the median where it landed on its wheels and caught fire. Romero was killed on impact while Johnson was ejected and died at the scene of the crash. No report was provided about the health of the truck driver who is presumed to be unhurt.



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