Posted April 17, 2008 11:00 p.m. MT
Agriculture Week Now Week of Memorial
TREMONTON, Utah—There were seven confirmed fatalities of a van accident on Interstate 84 west of Tremonton around 4 p.m. The van carrying 11 passengers, ten students and one professor, blew a tire and rolled several times. Steven Bair, Curt Madsen, Bad Wilcox and their professor, Evan Parker, died. Robert Peterson and Jared Nelson along with two others were transported to local hospitals and are in critical condition.
Lieutenant Jason Jensen said, “It was a horrific scene.” He suspects excessive speed was a cause for the accident. “In my 15 years of experience this is by far the worst accident I have ever seen. It is defiantly going to effect the community.
Kyle Holden, driver of a truck traveling with the van, said, “Evan was not able to regain control after the tire blew and drove off the freeway and the van rolled several times and people just flew.” Holden reports that the group was traveling approximately 79 miles an hour.
This accident took place during Agriculture week, a week celebrating agriculture, at Utah State University. Dean of the Collage of Agriculture Noel Cockett said, “It will have a long term effect on the collage as well as the community.” She also reported that the reminder of the week’s activities will be cancelled and memorial ceremonies will take place.