MOAB — One man died and six others were taken to hospitals due to a head-on crash Saturday in southeast Utah, police said.
Just after 5:45 p.m., the driver of a southbound 2015 Nissan Versa crossed into northbound traffic on state Route 191 in Grand County, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
A northbound Chrysler Town & Country "attempted to move into the southbound lane" to avoid the Nissan, but the Nissan also corrected back onto the southbound side, resulting in the two vehicles crashing head-on, the agency said in a release.
The driver of the Nissan, 46-year-old Randy Graymountain of Fort Defiance, Arizona, died at the scene.
The Utah Highway Patrol said "impairment" on that part of Graymountain "is being investigated as a contributing factor."
"Prior to the crash witnesses on scene explained that (the Nissan) was driving at a high rate of speed and passing recklessly," the agency said in a release.2 comments on this story
Precisely what kind of impairment police were investigating was not immediately known.
Each of the six people in the Chrysler were taken by ambulance to Moab Regional Hospital. Later, five of them were taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado — three of them via medical helicopter. The sixth occupant was airlifted to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.
The Utah Highway Patrol could not immediately be reached Sunday for more information about those crash victims, including their conditions.