1 dead after crash on U.S. Highway 40 near Vernal; 2 flee from scene

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VERNAL, Utah, March 11, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 30-year-old man died in a crash on U.S. Highway 40 near Vernal early Monday morning.

The deceased has been identified as Joshua Beasley, from Vernal, the Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release.

A 2005 Chrysler Sebring was traveling westbound on US-40 at mile marker 131 at approximately 5:30 a.m., the news release said, while a 2001 GMC Denali was traveling eastbound on the same road.

“For an unknown reason, the driver of the Sebring crossed over the center median nearly perpendicular to the roadway and was struck by the Denali,” the news release said.

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The driver of the Sebring, Beasley, died on impact.

The two male occupants of the Denali fled the scene of the crash on foot. They were quickly tracked down and apprehended by officials with Uintah County Sheriff’s Office and Vernal Police Department.

One of the occupants of the Denali has a $25,000 dollar warrant, officials said. After being evaluated by medical personnel, both are being booked into jail, on charges of leaving the scene of an injury/fatal crash.

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