1 dead, 6 injured in Snowville van rollover

Tuesday , August 19, 2014 - 1:55 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

SNOWVILLE - One man died and six other people were injured, two critically, when a van rolled on Interstate 84 near Snowville Monday evening, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

The silver 2013 Chrysler Town and Country mini van was traveling west on I-84 just past Snowville at 6:15 p.m. when the vehicle drifted toward the median, When the vehicle’s driver’s side went off the roadway, the driver overcorrected, causing the van to spin sideways as it went completely across both lanes and off the righthand shoulder into the dirt between the Interstate and the westbound on-ramp. The vehicle traveled down through the grass and dirt and hit a concrete drainage area. The van rolled 1 1/2 times, coming to rest on its roof.

During the rollover, the passenger in the middle row behind the driver, Albert M. Arzaga, 54, Chula Vista, California, was ejected from the vehicle and appears to have died instantly, the UHP said.

The adult male in the rear row in the middle position was also critically injured and was taken by air ambulance to Ogden Regional hospital.

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Darryl C Willaman, 50, of Greenville, South Carolina, the driver, plus a female front seat passenger and the female in the middle seat behind the passenger, along with two children in the back row, all from Salt Lake City, were  taken to Bear River Valley Hospital by ground ambulance. The almost-4-year-old female from the back seat on the driver side was transported by Life Flight to Primary Children's Hospital with a severe head injury. The other four occupants were all treated and released from the hospital.

UHP Lt. Lee Perry said the man who died was not wearing a seat belt. Seat belts and car seats prevented further injury in this crash, he said.

Perry said it appears the driver took his eyes off the road for a few seconds in a slight curve, and that is when the vehicle drifted into the median.

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