Sandy woman killed in icy crash on I-80

Published: Sunday, Jan. 27 2013 6:21 p.m. MST

TOOELE — A 24-year-old Sandy woman died Sunday morning after being thrown from the vehicle she in when it lost control on an icy road.

The vehicle, an SUV driven by a 33-year-old man, was headed east on Interstate 80 at about 5:05 a.m. Utah Highway Patrol troopers reported the roads were covered with patches of black ice and conditions were slick.

Troopers said the vehicle went off the road and spun about 180 degrees before rolling and landing on its roof. Kristina Tree, 24, of Sandy, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, which caused fatal injuries, troopers said. Tree was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to the UHP.

The driver was wearing a seat belt, but was seriously injured and was taken to University Hospital by ambulance. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor, troopers said.

Wendy Leonard

Twitter: wendyleonards

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