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Small plane crashes on Interstate 15

Authorities say four people died when a small plane crashed on a northern Utah interstate median, tangling traffic and leaving blackened wreckage on the highway.

Utah Department of Public Safety officials confirmed the deaths in the Wednesday-afternoon crash north of Salt Lake City, but did not immediately release further information on the deceased or the cause of the crash.

No injuries were reported on the ground.


The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane took off from a nearby municipal airport and crashed about a half mile away.

The crash closed most lanes of Interstate 15 in Riverdale, about 35 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Truck driver Obdulio Ruiz tells the Standard-Examiner it appeared that the pilot was trying to land the plane on the interstate just before the crash.

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