I-70 Flooding Accident Claims Life

A Utah man is killed Tuesday afternoon after getting caught in a flash flood along Interstate 70 near Clifton.

The torrential rains began late Tuesday afternoon and according to the state patrol, James and Rose Smith of Murray, UT, were driving west along Interstate 70 when flash flooding brought water and mud onto the roadway. The car hydroplaned, rolled an unknown number of times before coming to a stop off of the shoulder. The 84–year old driver was taken to St. Mary's Hospital but was later pronounced dead, while Smith's wife Rose was treated and released. State patrol investigators are still unsure of the manner of death and are looking to reconstruct the accident to find out exactly what happened.

Westbound I–70 was reduced to one lane for nearly an hour while crews cleaned the mud off the road.