Police have released the identities of a Franklin, Idaho couple who died in a five-vehicle accident, Thursday morning in Hyde Park.
North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes said 85-year-old Robert Haworth died at the scene of the crash, after the Cadillac he was driving was broadsided by a Toyota pickup truck. Haworth’s wife, Henriette was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.
The chain reaction crash occurred just after 7:10 a.m. near 3120 N. US-91.
Hawkes explained that the accident is an unfortunate incident, and a tragic reminder that motorists need to slow down during these winter months.
“Whenever you have slush present on the roadway, on either side of you, you should be driving with extreme caution,” said Hawkes. “Slow down, take your time, because sometimes we just never know when something is going to happen in front of us.”
Investigators report Thursday’s accidents began when a southbound Toyota Camry, driven by Karrie Haueter of Smithfield, lost control while swerving to avoid another vehicle that was changing lanes. The Camry was hit by a Logan City garbage truck that was travelling northbound.
A Toyota Avalon, driven by Jon Titus of Smithfield, was driving south and also hit the garbage truck.
Hawkes explained that Haworth was driving southbound and was probably trying to avoid the accidents in front of him.
“We assume that the driver, in an attempt to slow or stop for the accident that was occurring ahead, ended up stopped across the southbound lanes, facing east and west.”
The Toyota pickup, driven by Shannleigh Gubler of Smithfield, struck the Cadillac on the driver’s side.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the accident, closing the stretch of highway between 2500 N and Hyde Park Lane. The closure lasted for almost five hours, while the crash was being cleared and investigated.
Hawkes apologized for the closure but said due to the magnitude of the crashes, officers didn’t have other options.
“Just the fact that all the lanes of highway were involved in this accident. We appreciate people’s patience and those that were courteous in the process of helping people get across traffic.”
Utah Highway Patrol troopers, Cache County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from Smithfield City, Logan City and Utah State Police Departments all helped in traffic control and investigating the accident. Public works employees from Hyde Park also assisted. Hawkes said he appreciated the help.
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