Layton couple killed in accident along with 5 dogs worked together at Davis veterinary clinic

Jan 20 2013 - 3:46pm

NORTH SALT LAKE -- A Layton man, his pregnant fiancee and their five dogs died after their pickup truck slid off an Interstate 215 overpass near North Salt Lake and landed on railroad tracks below, authorities said.

Garrett Barker, 22, and Kelcie Halterman, 21, who worked together at a West Bountiful veterinary clinic, were ejected and died in Saturday's accident.

Halterman, who was due to give birth next week, was taken to a hospital, the Utah Highway Patrol said. The baby was removed there and sent to a Salt Lake City hospital, but his injuries were too severe and he died.

According to troopers, the pickup was going too fast for the icy conditions. A witness reported it was going about 65 mph.

Tanner Nelson, a friend of the Layton couple, recalled their love for each other and their pets.

"They loved animals. That was probably their biggest passion together," Nelson told the Deseret News. "They fostered dogs and helped them find homes for life. They gave back."

They were looking forward to the birth of their first child, he added, and planned to get married next year.

Barker was a former video editor at KSL.

The accident near the I-15 interchange is under investigation. It forced Utah Transit Authority to shuttle FrontRunner rail riders onto buses between two stations while crews worked to remove the vehicle from the tracks, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Regular FrontRunner service resumed about three hours later.

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