MAGNA — Two brothers standing on the shoulder of state Route 201 near a truck that had apparently had a flat tire were hit and killed by another vehicle that drifted off the road Wednesday.
The incident marks the third major crash for the Utah Highway Patrol in less than 24 hours, resulting in at least four deaths and five injuries, including one person hospitalized in extremely critical condition.
Just after 1 p.m., 49-year-old Abel Arellano and 52-year-old Armando Arellano-Fregoso were standing outside two vehicles on the side of eastbound state Route 201 near 10200 West.
Utah Highway Patrol investigators believe the brothers were stopped on the side of to change a flat tire on a 1997 Ford F-350 and were taking tools out of a 2007 Mazda 3 to do so.
While the men were standing outside the vehicles, a Pontiac G-6 believed to have been speeding drifted into the shoulder and struck the Mazda, also impacting the two men, according to the UHP.
Arellano, of Salt Lake City, and Arellano-Fregoso, of West Valley City, were killed "instantly," the agency said in a statement.
The driver of the Pontiac, a 52-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said.
The area where the two men were hit is near a curve in the road. Royce said it appeared the driver who caused the fatal crash just "straightened the curve." Why the man didn't stay in his lane was under investigation Wednesday.
Eastbound S.R. 201 remained closed to traffic early Wednesday evening.
Royce said the incident is a reminder for all motorists to slow down and move over when approaching someone who is broken down on the side of the road. He also encouraged those experiencing car problems to pull over in the safest area possible.
The crash followed a double fatal crash Tuesday night in Sunset and a crash involving five teenagers in Tooele County.
Contributing: Ben Lockhart
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