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3 dead after chase from Salt Lake airport parking lot ends in crash on I-80

Published: Saturday, May 17 2014 8:12 p.m. MDT

A car flipped and left Interstate 80 near the Salt Lake City International Airport Saturday, May 17, 2014, killing three people. (Hugh Carey, Deseret News) A car flipped and left Interstate 80 near the Salt Lake City International Airport Saturday, May 17, 2014, killing three people. (Hugh Carey, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Three people are dead and another was in critical condition after a crash on Interstate 80 early Saturday.

Salt Lake International Airport police attempted to stop a car that was speeding from the airport parking lot at about 5 a.m. The vehicle fled and police terminated the chase, according to Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Nigbur.

But when the officer turned around, he noticed a cloud of dust and saw that the vehicle he had been chasing had crashed while trying to turn onto I-215.

Nigbur said it was apparent upon approaching the vehicle that three occupants were dead, and another, the driver, had collapsed outside of the vehicle.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Larry Mower said the vehicle had rolled several times before landing on its roof in the weeds off of the side of I-80.

Three people are dead and another is in critical condition after a crash on Interstate 80 near the Salt Lake City International Airport Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Hugh Carey, Deseret News) Three people are dead and another is in critical condition after a crash on Interstate 80 near the Salt Lake City International Airport Saturday, May 17, 2014. (Hugh Carey, Deseret News)

"It looks like the person was on I-80 and then attempted to take the exit at the last second and couldn’t manipulate the turn," Mower said.

The driver was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and the crash remained under investigation. Names of the deceased have not been released.

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