Utah Highway Patrol
Two people died when their car slid and hit a snow plow on U.S. 40 near Strawberry Reservoir in Duchesne County on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

FRUITLAND, Duchesne County — Two people were killed Wednesday afternoon when their SUV slid into a snow plow in Duchesne County, troopers said.

The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. on U.S. 40 near Strawberry Reservoir, the Utah Highway Patrol said. A Ford Expedition was traveling east when the driver lost control of the car and slid into westbound lanes.

Conditions were snowy and icy at the time, troopers said. The Expedition hit the front plow portion of the westbound Utah Department of Transportation snow plow.

The driver of the Expedition and a passenger in the back seat were killed on impact, the UHP said. Their names and ages weren't immediately released.

Two other passengers in the Expedition were taken to a hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening.

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The snow plow driver was also taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"It appears that speed on the snowy roads and equipment issues were contributing factors. The front tires of the Expedition were sufficient; however the rear tires were largely bald and in an unsafe condition," according to the UHP.

The road remained closed in the area to traffic as troopers investigated the crash.

One lane remained open to westbound traffic but was expected to close "intermittently," troopers said, cautioning drivers to expect delays in the area.