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Spanish Fork Canyon crash kills one, spills coal over roadway

By Barbara Christiansen daily Herald - | Mar 24, 2015
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Utah Highway Patrol Troopers investigate following a fatal traffic collision that spilled coal on the road in Spanish Fork Canyon on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Utah Highway Patrol said a car collided with a semi truck carrying coal, killing the driver of the car and injuring the driver and passenger of the truck. SPENSER HEAPS, Daily Herald

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Utah Highway Patrol Troopers investigate following a fatal traffic collision that spilled coal on the road in Spanish Fork Canyon on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Utah Highway Patrol said a car collided with a semi truck carrying coal, killing the driver of the car and injuring the driver and passenger of the truck. SPENSER HEAPS, Daily Herald

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A body bag is loaded into the Medical Examiner's truck following a fatal traffic collision that spilled coal on the road in Spanish Fork Canyon on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Utah Highway Patrol said a car collided with a semi truck carrying coal, killing the driver of the car and injuring the driver and passenger of the truck. SPENSER HEAPS, Daily Herald

Source: UDOT

SPANISH FORK CANYON – A driver was killed Tuesday afternoon in a head-on crash with a semi-trailer near mile marker 182 of U.S. Highway 6 at the Covered Bridge turnoff.

Erik Mack, 19, of Mapleton, was the driver of a Honda Element driving east on U.S. 6 that collided with the truck. He died in the crash.

The driver and passenger in the semi-trailer both were hospitalized, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. At least one of the two was transported from the scene by air ambulance. Their names have not been released.

The driver of the semi was reportedly transported to Mountain View Hospital in Payson, while the passenger was reportedly transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo.

Officials said they did not know the cause of the crash, but said the driver of the Honda crossed the center line of the highway into oncoming traffic. Officials were investigating the cellphone of the deceased driver.

UHP said the semi-trailer, which was carrying a load of coal, jackknifed after the impact and spilled coal on to the highway. The crash also damaged some power poles. Rocky Mountain Power was on the scene Tuesday evening working to make repairs.

A third vehicle involved in the crash had only minor damage and left the scene soon after the crash.

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