A Preston woman died after being involved in a head-on collision in Smithfield on Wednesday afternoon.
Police Chief Johnny McCoy said Audry Long, 77, was driving north on U.S. Highway 91 in a sedan when she crossed two lanes into a southbound lane and collided with a pickup truck. She was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The crash happened at about 186 N. Main St. in front of the Sinclair convenience store. Long was alone in the vehicle. Two teenagers were in the pickup, but they weren’t hurt badly, McCoy said. “They were just shaken up,” he said. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash. McCoy said police are unsure why the woman’s vehicle crossed into other lanes of traffic, and that an investigation is ongoing. “As far as we can tell at this point in time, both vehicles were traveling at the speed limit,” he said, adding that it’s 45 mph through the city. It appears Long crossed two lanes of traffic rather suddenly, McCoy said. There is no indication of braking or attempts to take corrective action. Because of the details of the crash, Smithfield police have asked the state medical examiner to get involved. “She will be transported to Salt Lake for toxicology and an autopsy,” he said. It can take several weeks to receive that report, he said