Steve Tilford, 59, and Stanley Williams, 70, dead after van, semi crash into overturned semi on I-70 near Cisco, Utah
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said the tragic events began with the first semi overturning, coming to rest on its side blocking all eastbound lanes of the highway at mile marker 214.
Moments later, a Mercedes-Benz van plowed into and through the big rig's trailer. The driver got out and was standing next his vehicle when a second semi crashed into the wreckage, striking and killing the van's driver.
One of the people got out of the van after the collision. A second semitruck followed the same path as the van and crashed into it, killing the person outside, Royce said. This crash caused the second semitruck to jackknife, killing the driver inside.
Tilford, 59 of Topeka, Kan., and Vincent Davis of Denver were able to get out of van, but another semitruck came on the scene and struck Tilford and the overturned big rig.
Tilford died from his injures at the scene as did the driver of the second semitruck, 70-year-old Stanley Williams of Grand Junction.