1 dead, 6 injured in head-on crash; impairment a possible factor

A head-on collision killed a 46-year-old man and left six others injured, Moab, Utah, Nov. 18, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Driver impairment is being investigated as a contributing factor in a head-on collision that killed a 46-year-old man and left six others injured over the weekend on state Route 191 outside Moab.

Randy Graymountain, of Fort Defiance, Arizona, died Saturday when the 2015 Nissan Versa he was driving collided head-on with a 2014 Chrysler Town and Country minivan carrying six occupants, Utah Highway Patrol officials said in a statement.

At approximately 5:46 p.m., Graymountain was heading south on SR-191 near milepost 140, approximately 15 miles northwest of Moab, when he crossed the center line into the northbound lane, officials said. It was not clear if he was passing another car.

The driver of the minivan crossed into the southbound lane to avoid the Versa, according to the Highway Patrol. Graymountain then crossed back into the southbound lane and struck the minivan head-on.

Graymountain was declared dead at the scene of the crash, UHP officials said.

All six occupants of the minivan were transported to Moab Regional Hospital, including a 33-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman, a 6-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy and girl, all from Texas, along with a 66-year-old man from Syracuse, Utah.

From there, three were flown and two were taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. The 6-year-old girl was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. Their medical condition and injuries were not immediately known.

Witnesses at the scene of the crash said Graymountain was speeding and recklessly passing other vehicles prior to the crash, Highway Patrol officials said, noting that investigators were considering “impairment” as a possible factor in the crash.

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This report is based on preliminary information provided by witnesses and law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Sapphire November 22, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Another arrogant self-centered driver bites the dust. Not much comfort to the family that was injured.

  • utahdiablo November 22, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Regarless of the speed limit on these mostly unlit dark highways, and driving the posted speed limit, these stupid drivers continue to speed past you, what the hell is your hurry? Oh well, this will only continue until we have more UHP patrols

  • Caveat_Emptor November 23, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Between seat belts and airbags, the occupants of the 2014 T&C minivan had a chance in this catastrophic crash.
    Roll the clock back a decade, or two, without the safety technologies, and the outcome could have been a lot worse…..

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