Aurora man dies in Utah crash
November 18, 2012 7:54PM
Updated: December 20, 2012 6:28AM
An Illinois man who was killed in a head-on crash in Utah has been identified as Thomas Servie, 71, of Aurora, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
The cause of the accident remained under investigation Sunday, Trooper Cameron Roden told the Salt Lake City Tribune.
Servie was driving a Hyundai about 4:45 p.m. Friday south on Interstate 15 near St. George, near the southwest corner of Utah, when his vehicle drifted over the median and into northbound traffic lanes, hitting a pickup truck head-on, Roden told the Tribune.
Servie, who was alone in the car, died at the scene, authorities said; he was wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the pickup, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the Tribune reported.
Oswego firefighters battled a blaze Sunday afternoon in a cattail marsh spanning 15 to 20 acres.
Firemen responded at 1:30 p.m. to the fire, in the 7200 block of Route 71. Stalks of fully grown 8-foot-tall dry cattails, combined with changes in the wind, created difficult conditions for firefighters to extinguish the flames, authorities said.
Battalion Chief Jeff Warren said variable winds fanned the fire.
“The wind kept changing direction on us,” Warren said.
Warren said that access to the site, limited to four-wheel-drive and grass vehicles, further complicated efforts to put out the wildfire.
“We exchanged 2.5-gallon fire extinguishers with trucks whenever the fire got into an area where we could access,” he said. “It was a very labor-intensive operation.”
Firefighters remained on the scene for nearly four hours.
No one was injured. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday night.
Two Galaxy III cellphones and a Galaxy electronic notepad were stolen from a vehicle sometime before 10 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of East Wilson Street, Batavia police said. Loss was listed at $1,500.