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Man dies after crashing, then walking into freeway traffic, UHP says

A 65-year-old West Valley man died early Saturday after troopers say he crashed on I-215, then walked into traffic and was hit.

A 65-year-old West Valley man died early Saturday after troopers say he crashed on I-215, then walked into traffic and was hit. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)



SALT LAKE CITY — A West Valley man died Saturday after he crashed into a concrete barrier, then walked onto the freeway where he was struck by a van.

The man, 65, was driving a Ford F-150 south on I-215 near 1700 South when he crashed into the left concrete barrier about 12:50 a.m. Saturday, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Colton Freckleton. The truck slid along the barrier "for a long ways" before coming to a stop.

"From there the driver ... got out of the truck and for some reason, walked into the roadway" and was hit by a Chevy Express van, Freckleton said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing the driver step out into the lane of travel.

Troopers suspect the driver may have been intoxicated and alcohol containers were discovered in the truck, he said.

The driver's identity has not yet been released.

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