sept 26 2006. Students and their instructor were returning from an agricultural field trip near Tremonton, Utah, on I-84 when police say the van’s left rear tire blew out causing the vehicle to skid out of control and roll.
Those who died in the accident are: Steven D. Bair, 22, Moses Lake, Wash; Dusty Dean Fuhriman, 22, Tremonton, Utah; Justin W. Gunnell, 24, Wellsville, Utah; Justin Huggins, 22, Bear River City, Utah; Jonathan Dennis Jorgensen, 22, Hyrum, Utah; Curt A. Madsen, 23, Payson, Utah; Ryan Wayne McEntire, 22, West Point, Utah; and Bradley G. Wilcox, 26, Salt Lake City, Utah. Instructor Evan Parel Parker, 45, Hooper, Utah, also died in accident. Most of the students were studying in the College of Agriculture.
“This is a great tragedy for the university and for the families involved,” said Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht. “We send them our love and support. The university will do everything it can to be helpful and supportive during this tremendous time of need.”