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Man who died in Spanish Fork Canyon crash identified

Published January 4, 2014 6:50 pm

UHP • Gregory D. Leavitt, 34, of Pleasant Grove, was killed in the Friday evening accident.
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Authorities have identified the man who died Friday evening in Spanish Fork Canyon after he drove into the path of a semi truck hauling coal.

Gregory D. Leavitt, 34, of Pleasant Grove, was the driver of the 2000 Acura that veered into oncoming traffic just before 7 p.m. Friday. The impact threw Leavitt from his car and crews pronounced him dead at the scene of the accident.

The crash happened near a cluster of large wind turbines at the mouth of the canyon, according to UHP.

The crash jackknifed the truck and toppled its two trailers, spilling coal onto the road. A fire also broke out in cab of the truck, which was eventually put out by fire crews.

The resulting mess shut down the canyon until 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

The driver of the truck, David Lewis, from Orem, was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has since been released.

As of Saturday morning, investigators still do not know why Leavitt veered into oncoming traffic.