Mother arrested for DUI after wrong-way crash kills 11-year-old child

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An 11-year-old child died and a 9-year-old was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition after a wrong-way crash between their vehicle and a semitruck Sunday morning.

About 2 a.m., a Cadillac SUV was traveling east on Interstate 70 in the westbound lanes, according to Utah Highway Patrol. The Cadillac hit the semitruck and ultimately stopped on the right side of the interstate.

Two passengers were ejected from the vehicle, a statement from the UHP said. One passenger, an 11-year-old, died at the scene. The other passenger, a 9-year-old, was flown to the hospital.

Both children were wearing seatbelts, but “the violent impact pulled them out of their seatbelts, the UHP said.

The driver, who is the mother of the two children, suffered only minor injuries. The woman was allegedly “extremely intoxicated” and taken into custody by troopers, the statement said.

The investigation is ongoing, the statement added.

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