The Utah Highway Patrol Soldiers’ car responds to the scene. (KSL / file)
HELPER – One person died after their vehicle struck a semi-truck on US Highway 6 near Helper on Wednesday evening, officials from the Utah Highway Patrol said.
According to a Utah Highway Patrol press release, around 6:25 p.m., a white Dodge pickup was heading east on US 6 as it drifted through the center line. A westbound tractor-trailer attempted to avoid the collision by swerving onto the shoulder. The pickup struck the semi-trailer in the area of the driver’s side door, officials said.
The driver of the pickup died at the scene, the statement said. The driver and co-pilot of the semi-trailer are unharmed.
At the time of the crash, fire crews requested the closure of US 6 due to the bear blaze just 800 meters west of the crash site, officials said. Traffic was closed in both directions and traffic in the area was cleared.
Utah Highway Patrol officials said smoke and visibility did not appear to have played a role in the crash. The statement said impaired driving is suspected to be a contributing factor in the driver of the pickup truck.
Other details, including the identity of the driver, were not disclosed.