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Authorities identify driver killed in crash on US 6 after veering into opposite lane

By Lauren Bennett, | Updated - Dec. 13, 2019 at 10:50 a.m. | Posted - Dec. 11, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.

GREEN RIVER — Authorities have identified one person who was killed on Wednesday in a crash on U.S. Highway 6 between Price and Green River.

About 2:35 p.m., a man was eastbound in his 2019 white Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck when it crossed a double yellow line on U.S. 6 about 5 miles north of the road crossing to Woodside Cemetery, according to a Utah Highway Patrol news release.

As the pickup traveled eastbound in the westbound lane, a westbound semitruck was unable to avoid the vehicle, UHP said. The pickup collided head-on into the semitruck, shearing off the front axle of the semi.

The pickup truck spun out off the eastbound side of the road and came to rest upright. The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries and died on scene, according to the news release.

He was identified Friday as 38-year-old Michael Rivera, of Palm Springs, California, according to UHP.

The semitruck driver suffered injuries that were treated on scene.

Witnesses told authorities that the pickup truck was driving fast, erratically and was “making bad passes,” UHP said.

Both lanes of the highway were reopened by 7:50 p.m., according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

Contributing: Jacob Klopfenstein,

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