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UHP: Troopers believe Spanish Fork man driving tractor died because of medical incident

By Xoel Cardenas, | Posted - Mar 7th, 2019 @ 8:15am

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Highway Patrol officials released the name of a man who suffered a medical episode while driving a tractor and died.

Troopers believe John D. Youd, 86, of Spanish Fork, died as a result of a medical incident while he was driving a tractor Tuesday, UHP Sgt. Nick Street said on Wednesday.

Youd was driving a John Deere 520 tractor on state Route 147 west of Spanish Fork around midday Tuesday when he suffered the medical incident, slumping over on the steering wheel. The tractor then crossed into the eastbound lane of the road and collided with a Ford Taurus head-on shortly thereafter.

CPR was performed on Youd before he was transported to a hospital where he died shortly after arriving, officials said. The driver of the Taurus suffered minor injuries.


Editor's note: This story originally said John D. Youd was from Springville. It has been updated to show he is from Spanish Fork.

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