Utah Co. Crash Report: Wrong-way driver killed, trooper injured in Orem crash on I-15

Crash Report: I-15 SB, Orem, UT


Report ID: 2023 December 17

NCIC#: Unknown

OFFICER ID#: Unknown

Traffic Unit 1: Police vehicle

Traffic Unit 2: Passenger vehicle

Injuries/Fatalities: Yes

Vehicle Damage (If Any): Yes

Property Damage (other than vehicles): Unknown

Road Surface Condition: Unknown

Manner of Crash Impact (Single Vehicle, Angle, Left Turn, Rear-End, Head-On, Sideswipe, U-Turn, Other, Unknown): Head-on

Location of Pedestrian/Cyclist (If Any): N/A


OREM, UT – A wrong-way driver from Provo died, and a police officer sustained serious injuries Sunday in a head-on crash along the interstate in northern Utah County.

The collision took place around 2 a.m. on the southbound side of I-15 in Orem, which is north of Provo and east of Lake Utah.

Police say that 26-year-old Natalie Munchgesang was driving north on I-15 southbound when Trooper Carlos Rios-Redd intercepted her with his police cruiser.

Rios-Redd suffered broken bones in the crash and required assistance exiting his vehicle, which caught fire after the collision.

Munchgesang died at the scene  of the accident, and her passenger in the vehicle went to the hospital with critical injuries.

Officials closed the southbound lanes of I-15 until 9 or 10 a.m. while crews investigated and worked to clear the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

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