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Authorities identify man killed in US 40 crash in Duchesne County

Authorities identify man killed in US 40 crash in Duchesne County

(Utah Highway Patrol)

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MYTON, Duchesne County — One person died in a crash Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 40, authorities said.

The crash occurred about 7:25 a.m. near Myton in eastern Duchesne County, the Utah Highway Patrol said in a tweet.

A Honda Civic was westbound in the highway, and a semitruck that was hauling a tanker and pup tanker was heading east in the same area, UHP said in a news release.

The Honda swerved into the path of the semitruck and crashed into it head-on, UHP said.

The Honda went off the north side of the road, and the driver suffered fatal injuries, according to UHP. He was wearing a seat belt, but the seat belt broke and the man was ejected from the car, UHP said.

The man who died was identified Thursday as 43-year-old Joshua D. Mordecai, of Vernal, according to UHP.

The semitruck also went off the north side of the road, but the driver was not injured, UHP said.


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Jacob Klopfenstein is a breaking news reporter and entertainment editor for He has been with since 2017 and is originally from Indiana. He has previously reported for newspapers in Auburn, Indiana and Cortez, Colorado.


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