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Driver injured in Heber crash

Accident » Investigators looking into whether the truck driver was distracted.

By Michael McFall

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Apr 27 2013 10:05 am • Last Updated Apr 28 2013 12:04 am

A truck driver was critically injured on Friday when his vehicle rear-ended a crude oil tanker in the Heber Valley.

The man was driving his Isuzu flatbed commercial truck uphill on U.S. 40, about five miles west of Heber City, behind a slower-moving crude oil tanker. The Isuzu driver failed to see that he was quickly gaining on the tanker and hit it about 9:45 a.m., according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

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The truck driver, whom UHP did not identify, was pinned in his vehicle for at least 45 minutes. Troopers had to shut down westbound U.S. 40 from 10:15 a.m. to about 11 a.m. so fire crews could free him. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, said UHP Sgt. Jacob Cox. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Cox said.

Investigators did not find any obvious reasons for the crash, such as impairment, though troopers were looking into whether the truck driver was distracted.


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