Girl Dies in Utah Road Collapse Crash

A second car plunged into the 40-foot-wide hole

 

 
 
 

| Thursday, July 14, 2011


TABIONA, Utah— A teenage girl is dead and two people injured after a road collapsed, leaving a 40-foot wide gap in an eastern Utah highway.

The Utah Highway Patrol says heavy rainfall opened the hole more than 30 feet deep along State Highway 35 late Wednesday. It happened near Tabiona, a town about 80 miles east of Salt Lake City.

The highway patrol says 15-year-old Justine Barneck died after the SUV she was riding in crashed as it approached the hole a few minutes after the collapse. Her father, 59-year-old Michael Barneck, was injured in the accident.

The driver of a second car that plunged into the gap, 37-year-old Heidi Paulson, also was hurt.

The road remained closed Thursday. An investigation is under way.



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