Head-on collision kills man in Uintah County

Head-on collision kills man in Uintah County

(Utah Highway Patrol)

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BALLARD, Uintah County — A Uintah County man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a head-on collision with another vehicle on U.S. 40 in Uintah County.

Uriah Greyeyes, 29, of Fort Duchesne, was traveling east in a 2008 Dodge Dakota just east of Ballard around 2:20 p.m. when the truck hydroplaned, carrying it partially into the road's westbound lane, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

The Dodge hit a 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck that was pulling a trailer on the westbound side and then spun directly into the path of a westbound 2009 Ford F-150, Lt. Beau Mason said. Greyeyes, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the Dodge and killed.

Eva Richens, a 66-year-old Duchesne-area woman who was driving the Ford, was extricated from her vehicle with critical injuries. She was taken by ambulance to a Roosevelt hospital and later to flown to a Salt Lake area hospital. Richens was wearing a seat belt, Mason said.

The 43-year-old Arizona man driving the Chevrolet was not injured. He was also wearing a seat belt.

Greyeyes was passing slower-moving traffic when his vehicle hydroplaned, Mason said. Police didn't immediately say Wednesday whether excessive speed played a role in the crash.

U.S. 40 was closed to traffic for the afternoon, according to Mason.


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