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Deputies work to notify families of 2 killed in Uintah County crash

By Geoff Liesik, | Posted - Jul 26th, 2014 @ 11:59pm


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VERNAL — Uintah County sheriff's deputies are still working to notify the families of two males who died Saturday night after a rollover crash in Dry Fork Canyon.

Deputies were called to an area near 6000 North and Dry Fork Canyon Road about 8 p.m. Saturday after people living there heard a crash and went to investigate, Uintah County Sheriff's Cpl. Dustin Cheshire said.

The residents told deputies they found a 21-year-old Vernal man dead at the crash site. They were performing first aid on a Vernal male when first responders arrived, Cheshire said

The critically injured man was taken to Ashley Regional Medical Center, where he later died, the corporal said.

"There were no witnesses to the crash; however, deputies were told that the vehicle was seen being driven southbound on the Dry Fork Canyon Road at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash," Cheshire said.

Investigators said it appeared the driver lost control on the canyon road, drove off the west side of the road and up a dirt hill.

"The vehicle rolled numerous times and both of the occupants were ejected," Cheshire said. "At this time, speed is the only factor in the accident and there wasn’t any evidence of alcohol on scene."

The sheriff’s office is still trying to find family members of the individuals to inform them of the deaths, the corporal said. The names of the individuals will not be released until all notifications have been made, he said.

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