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ROOSEVELT — A Duchesne County man died Saturday after he crashed his car into a house with enough force to crack the foundation.

Kenneth Iorg, 52, learned that a fire had started on his property and was heading home when his vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a house at 1907 N. Cove Road, near Roosevelt, according to Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Dougherty.

A neighbor told UHP trooper Luke Stradinger that she was in her home when she heard a loud noise. She looked outside and watched as Iorg drove his Ford Taurus across a one-acre field, through a pipe fence and into the east side of a Roosevelt-area home about 12:25 p.m.

Stradinger and two other officers performed CPR on Iorg until an ambulance arrived. Iorg was taken to Uintah Basin Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

It is not yet known if Iorg was killed by the impact of the crash, or if another cause such as a medical issue may have been involved, Dougherty said. The UHP is continuing to investigate.

Iorg had been wearing a seat belt and his car's airbags deployed, according to Stradinger.

"There was no evidence of erratic driving," he said, noting that it appeared Iorg "just ran off the road."

The trooper noted that, after leaving the road, Iorg struck two fence posts, a gate, a chain-link fence and a pipe fence before colliding with the house.

A little before noon Saturday, Roosevelt firefighters were called to Iorg's property, where a fifth-wheel camping trailer had caught fire. Neighbors told firefighters that Iorg had been burning something on his property earlier in the day, though the fire was out before he went to work.

Fire officials said it's likely the fire sparked up again. The trailer was a total loss.


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