HELPER — One person is dead after their vehicle struck a semitruck on U.S. Highway 6 near Helper on Wednesday night, Utah Highway Patrol officials said.
According to a Utah Highway Patrol news release, at about 6:25 p.m. a white Dodge pickup was traveling east on U.S. 6 when it drifted across the centerline. A westbound semitruck attempted to avoid the collision by swerving onto the shoulder. The pickup struck the semitruck on the driver-side door area, said officials.
The pickup driver died at the scene, the release said. The driver and co-driver of the semitruck were unharmed.
During the time of the accident, fire crews requested that U.S. 6 be closed due to the Bear Fire just half a mile west of the crash scene, officials said. Traffic was closed in both directions and traffic in the area was cleared.
Utah Highway Patrol officials said that smoke and visibility do not appear to have played a role in the crash. Impairment is suspected as a contributing factor with the driver of the pickup, according to the release.
Further details, including the identity of the driver, were not released.