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Speed a factor in fatal accident (Trailer Sway)

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Speed a factor in fatal accident near Echo
October 28th, 2008 @ 1:29pm

(KSL News) One man was killed, four others injured in an accident on Interstate 80 near Echo at milepost 170 in Summit County.

The Utah Highway Patrol says the driver, 40-year-old Ty R. Richins, was traveling westbound on I-80 Sunday pulling a camping trailer and Jeep Wrangler behind his 1990 Ford F-350. The trailer and Jeep began to sway back and forth forcing the truck off the road. The truck hit a post and part of an exit sign, overturning the truck, which then rolled.

The truck, trailer and Jeep separated. The trailer and the Jeep overturned and rolled onto the Interstate, blocking the lanes of travel.

Richins, who is from Syracuse, was ejected from the vehicle suffering major trauma to his head and torso. He was found dead under the truck.

None of the four passengers was ejected, but all of them were injured. A family friend, 73-year-old Paul Arellanes, was sitting in the middle of the front seat. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance with a head injury. As were Richins' 16- and 17-year-old sons, who were in the rear passenger seats.

Arellanes is from Placitas, New Mexico.

Richins' 69-year-old father, Jerry, who was in the front passenger seat, was flown by helicopter to the hospital with injuries to his head, neck and back.

Richins was not exceeding the speed limit, but the highway patrol says due to the weight of all three vehicles, speed was a factor in the crash.

No one was wearing a seat belt

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