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Man dies after driving off ledge on steep mountainside in Carbon County

By Cara MacDonald, | Updated - Jun 23rd, 2019 @ 3:13pm | Posted - Jun 23rd, 2019 @ 8:53am

HELPER, Carbon County — One man is dead after he drove off the edge of a steep mountainside in Carbon County Saturday morning.

Officials identified the man as Matthew M. Wayas, 32, of Orem.

About 8:00 a.m., a white Chevrolet Colorado was driving south on state Route 191, when it appeared to leave the roadway about 15 miles northeast of Helper, according to a statement on the Utah Highway Patrol’s website. The vehicle drove onto an elevated view area above a steep mountainside, where it drove off the edge, according to highway patrol officials.

The vehicle came to rest about 500 feet from the view area, near the bottom of the ravine, according to Utah Highway Patrol officials. All airbags in the vehicle deployed. No alcohol or drugs were discovered in the vehicle in an initial investigation.

They have passed the investigation on to the State Bureau of Investigation for further review.

Cara MacDonald

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