USU Van Carrying Students Wrecks on I-84
Posted: Nov 28, 2007 10:05 a.m.
TREMONTON, UT- Early today on Interstate 84 just west of Tremonton, a Utah State University van spun out of control and wrecked. The van was carrying 10 students and one professor back from a field trip when it apparently lost control.
Kyle Holden was with the students in a separate vehicle and had just passed the van when he saw black smoke coming from the back of the van. Moments later the van jerked and rolled off the shoulder of the road. Kyle reported that his cruise control was set for 79 miles per hour, but was going downhill when it happened.
Lt. Jason Jensen of the Utah Highway Patrol was first on the scene and was just a little behind the van when the accident occurred. He said there where “bodies everywhere” and that seven were dead at the scene and four were taken to hospitals. When asked about early indications about the accident Lt. Jensen said that “speed was a factor” and that “early indicators point towards no seat belts.
Noelle Cockett the Dean of the College of Agriculture, said that this was a serious accident and that they'll have more information about the 10 students and their Instructor Evan Parker when they know more.