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1 killed, 2 injured in U.S. 40 crash, officials say

By Xoel Cardenas and Jacob Klopfenstein, | Updated - Nov. 15, 2019 at 5:09 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 15, 2019 at 12:47 p.m.

HEBER CITY — One person was killed and at least two others were injured after a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 40 near Thorton Hollow Trail, officials said Friday afternoon.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers responded to the crash, located about 13 miles southeast of Heber, about 10:30 a.m.

A Dodge Ram pickup truck was eastbound on the highway, according to a UHP news release. Witnesses at the scene told troopers the pickup was traveling at a high speed when it turned sharply into westbound traffic and collided with a 30-foot box truck.

The pickup crashed at full speed into the front of the box truck, and the pickup driver was killed instantly, according to UHP. The driver was later identified by UHP as Steven H. Okelberry, 59, of West Valley City.

Two people in the box truck suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital, UHP said. The driver suffered serious injuries and was taken by medical helicopter; the passenger was transported via ambulance. No further information was available about the severity of the box truck passengers' injuries.

Further details, including the cause of the crash, were not immediately known. It is not known why the pickup truck veered into the westbound traffic lanes.

Xoel Cardenas
Jacob Klopfenstein

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