The Utah Highway Patrol reported Sunday that two people died in separate accidents on I-80 during the early morning hours.
A 2 a.m. incident on the west-side cloverleaf at the junction of I-80 and I-215 left a 24-year-old Salt Lake man dead. UHP Sgt. Jeff Nigbur said investigators believe speed was a factor in the rollover and are also looking into the possibility of alcohol impairment. The name of the victim, who died at the scene, has not been released.
Around 5 a.m., 51-year-old Reginald Barker of Elwood died in a rollover accident while westbound on I-80 about 15 miles from Tooele.
UHP Trooper Craig Ward said Barker may have fallen asleep before his SUV left the road and rolled several times, ejecting him from the vehicle. Barker, who died at the scene, was not wearing a seatbelt. Two passengers in the car, a 24-year-old woman and 7-year-old girl, also from Elwood, were transported to a hospital following the accident with minor injuries. Ward said the woman was wearing a seatbelt and the child was belted in a booster seat at the time of the accident.