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1 dead after pickup truck collides with semitruck on US 6 near Helper

Utah Highway Patrol trooper car responds to the scene.

Utah Highway Patrol trooper car responds to the scene. (KSL/file)

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.

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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.


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