UPDATE: Crash on SR-18 leaves one dead

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CENTRAL – A fatal accident was reported on state Route 18 near milepost 26 Monday.

The Utah Highway Patrol and other emergency responders were dispatched to the accident shortly after it occurred around 5:05 p.m. It involved two vehicles: a Toyota Yaris sedan and a full-size pickup truck of unknown make pulling a flatbed trailer.

Both vehicles were on SR-18, the Toyota was travelling northbound in Central while the pickup was traveling southbound. This area is a two-lane highway with a middle turn lane. The Toyota turned left in front of the pickup and the pickup’s driver was unable to stop before hitting the other vehicle.

The pickup hit the Toyota and both vehicles slid southbound and off the right edge of the road through a fence and hit a tree.

The driver’s side of the Toyota impacted the tree. The Toyota’s driver was wearing a seat belt and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup was not wearing a seat belt and suffered chest and leg injuries. He refused to be transported to the hospital and was instead treated and released at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation. The names of those involved have yet to be released.

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  • sweet jude March 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Please be careful when driving people. So many fatalities have happened in the last year and the consequences are too enormous to even think about. I couldn’t imagine what it would feel like to lose a loved one where it could have been avoided. Remind every family member you know to be a little more cautious for not only themselves but for others as well …

  • Dan Lester March 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Too bad. A Yaris doesn’t have a prayer against a full size pickup. Just a reminder we need to watch carefully when turning, changing lanes, etc, etc.

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