POWDER MOUNTAIN -- The police report on the RV crash that killed one person after a Powder Mountain motocross event this summer shows the road was a problem for many that night.
Tanner Krahenbuhl, 16, of Henderson, Nev., was pronounced dead at the scene of the Aug. 30 accident when the brakes went out on the motor home he was riding in and it crashed near 6910 E. 6800 North.
The driver and another passenger were injured.
The road to Powder Mountain is the only way for vehicles to get to the resort and has a steep grade.
Capt. Klint Anderson, Weber County Sheriff's Department spokesman, said officials are concerned about the potential for more accidents if the resort becomes a year-round destination, but the department can't do much about it other than enforce speed limits and snow tire requirements.
"It's a steeper, more treacherous road than most, and you don't typically get that kind of equipment -- trucks with heavy equipment and trailers," he said.
During the winter months, there are mostly SUVs with skiers, he said, and there are potential problems with heavier vehicles traveling the road.
Powder Mountain spokeswoman Carolyn Daniels said the road is a state highway, so improvements or changes would be up to the Utah Department of Transportation.
She said she isn't the right person to comment on what steps the resort would take to make traveling safer for guests, but the appropriate person was unavailable.
UDOT spokesman Scott Thompson said the state is limited on what can be done because the Ogden River runs next to the road.
Any major changes would require study, a lot of work and something done to the river, he said.
"Anything we could do would be very small or limited," Thompson said.
Weber County Deputy Eric Fryer said in his report on the August accident that he stopped to assist vehicles having brake problems.
He said about 20 vehicles had stopped along the road to let their brakes cool down.
It was at that point he had to jump out of the way, because the 40-foot motor home pulling a 24-foot trailer was speeding down the road.
Fryer said all of its tires were smoking and it looked like the brakes had gone out.
Four other witnesses saw the RV's brakes smoking as the vehicle flew out of control down the road at speeds estimated at anywhere from 40 to 70 mph.
Weber Sheriff's Cpl. Nealy Adams said he came to see if drivers needed any help after Fryer asked him for assistance.
Adams said he talked with several drivers who said they were taking it easy, but doing fine.
One of the witnesses said he was traveling at 12 mph down the road.