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Woman killed in Payson rollover identified


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PAYSON -- The woman who was killed Tuesday afternoon in a rollover on Interstate 15 in Utah County has been identified as 73-year-old Veda Brierley of Heber City.

Brierley was driving a Dodge pickup truck and had an ATV in the bed of the truck, as well as several other items inside the cab. Indications from witnesses are that she lost control on the inside lane and may have overcorrected as she tried to get back into the lane, which caused the truck to roll.

"There are some, what we call ‘yaw marks,' where there's been a swerve or an evasive action. Whether that was due to falling asleep, or if that was due to some other, maybe a debris in the road, that's unknown at this time. We do have several witness statements that we're going through, but at this time, there was some swerving and an overcorrection which caused her to roll," said UHP Trooper Benjamin Cox.

Troopers say Brierley was ejected as the truck rolled, and they do not believe she was wearing a seat belt. A medical helicopter was dispatched, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened around 2 p.m. Northbound traffic was delayed for about an hour, but the scene is now clear for the evening commute.

This is an especially sad situation because her husband was driving ahead of her. When she didn't catch up to him, he went back and found the crash scene.

E-mail: spenrod@ksl.com

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