Two people died Wednesday and three others were injured in a crash on U.S. 40 near Soldier Creek in Wasatch County, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. about 1 mile east of the Soldier Creek turnoff when the driver of a green Ford Expedition traveling east lost control of the vehicle, troopers said.
The SUV slid sideways into the westbound lane and the driver's side hit the front of a westbound Utah Department of Transportation snowplow, according to troopers.
The driver and the rear seat passenger on the driver's side of the Expedition were both killed in the crash. The individuals in the front and rear seats on the passenger side of the SUV were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, troopers said. The driver of the snowplow was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to troopers.
The names of those involved in the crash have not been released.
"It appears that speed on the snowy roads and equipment issues were contributing factors," troopers said in a statement released Wednesday night. "The front tires of the Expedition were sufficient, however, the rear tires were largely bald and in an unsafe condition."