Logan woman dies in car crash near Richmond

Green Subaru Forester that lost control and went into the southbound lane of travel on US-91 and into the duel-wheels of the semi-trailer (Tuesday Feb. 5, 2019).

RICHMOND — A 70-year-old Logan woman was killed Tuesday afternoon after the car she was riding in struck a semi-truck. The crash occurred at 12:41 p.m. near 9400 North US-91, south of Lower Foods.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Kendrick said Phyllis B. Belles was a passenger inside a Subaru Forester. A 21-year-old Logan woman, Allison Blauer, was driving northbound when she crossed into the path of a semi-truck that was travelling south.

“The Forester lost control and went into the southbound lane of travel and under the trailer, into the duel-wheels of the semi-trailer,” explained Kendrick.

Belles was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Blauer had to be extricated from the car. She was treated by paramedics and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Rear tires on the Subaru Forester. Troopers said they were smooth, bald and had cords showing.

Kendrick said there was heavy snow falling at the time of the crash. Even though roads were slick, the crash appears to have been preventable.

“We believe through the investigation that neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seat belts. Also, the rear tires on the Subaru were both smooth, bald and had cords showing, which contributed to them losing control.”

The semi-truck driver, Curtis Sell, a 72-year-old man from West Valley City was uninjured.

Troopers diverted traffic on US-91 for about two-hours while the accident was investigated and cleared.


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