In an incident that made headlines in this morning’s (Dec. 29) national TV news, a motorhome carrying 10 people – all believed to be members of a Washington family – went out of control last night near Draper, Utah, and fell off an interstate overpass, killing a man and four young children, authorities told CNN.
Two women and an 8-year-old boy were flown to area hospitals in critical condition, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Carrubba said. Two other children – a 14-year-old boy and another 8-year-old boy – had less serious injuries.
The motorhome was traveling northbound on Interstate 15 about 20 miles south of downtown Salt Lake City when it crashed through a guard rail along the overpass, highway patrol spokesman Chris Kramer said.
The vehicle fell 30 feet to the highway below, then skidded back up a concrete structure to the interstate lanes, highway patrol Lt. Steve Meyer reported.
Carrubba identified the children killed as 5-month and 7-year-old boys and 4- and 6-year-old girls. The man, who was driving the vehicle, was in his 40s.Their names were not immediately released. Carrubba said the victims were from West Richland, Washington.
Weather conditions at the time of the crash were “fine,” Carrubba said. Authorities earlier had said conditions were windy, but Carrubba said there were no gusts over 19 mph Sunday.