Two Utah men are dead after an accident, Monday night on I-15 near 400 North in Slaterville, Utah.
The Utah Highway Patrol said 28-year-old Cory S. Bertine of Layton was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and 56-year-old Carlos Valdez, possibly of Layton, died Tuesday morning.
According to trooper’s reports, Bertine was driving a 1996 Toyota Camry, northbound on I-15 in the southbound lanes. He reportedly got on the freeway at the Roy exit and continued driving through Ogden. Several witnesses called emergency dispatch to report him and troopers were called to the area.
Bertine was traveling at more than 100 mph and eluded two troopers who attempted to stop him. A third trooper began to parallel him in the northbound lanes, radioing the position of the wrong-way vehicle.
Troopers said the pursuit ended when Bertine struck a 2005 Chevy van, traveling southbound. The van was driven by Valdez. A third vehicle also struck the back of the van.
Valdez was transported to McKay Dee Hospital in critical condition where he later passed away. The driver of the third vehicle was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Troopers said all the drivers were wearing their seat belts and Bertine did not show signs of impairment.
The southbound lanes of the freeway were closed for five hours while troopers investigated the accident. Traffic was diverted to 2700 North in Ogden.
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