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Officials identify man who died in wrong-way Parleys Canyon crash

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Officials identify man who died in wrong-way Parleys Canyon crash

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Mar. 1, 2020 at 8:12 a.m. | Posted - Feb. 29, 2020 at 7:53 a.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — Officials on Sunday identified the man who died early Saturday when his SUV slammed into a semitruck head-on in Parleys Canyon.

Evan Thomas, a 23-year-old Salt Lake City man, was killed while traveling the wrong direction on I-80.

Thomas' SUV was traveling west in the eastbound lanes near Salt Lake City about 3:28 a.m. when the wreck occurred, according to Utah Highway Patrol trooper Michael Gordon.

He was partially ejected from the vehicle and died on the scene, Gordon said. The UHP does not believe the driver was wearing a seat belt at the time.

"As far as to why the driver of the SUV was traveling in the wrong lane," Gordon said, "we're still investigating that."

The semitruck driver was evaluated by medical personnel at the scene and declined transportation to the hospital.

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