TOOELE COUNTY, Utah, Dec. 27, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — One person is dead after a crash on westbound Interstate 80 at mile post 60 in Tooele County Sunday afternoon.
The incident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. 19 miles east of Knolls, said a tweet from the Utah Department of Transportation.
Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Mikki Vargas confirmed to Gephardt Daily at 3:15 p.m. that one person is deceased as a result of that crash.
The victim’s vehicle, a Toyota pickup truck, was the only one involved in the crash and it appears it was traveling in the eastbound lanes when, for an unknown reason, it drifted off the left side of the road into the median, the Utah Department of Public Safety stated in a news release later Sunday.
“The driver overcorrected right then back to the left. The vehicle rotated broadside back into the median and began to roll,” the news release said. “The driver was ejected and died at the scene.”
“It is suspected the driver was not wearing his seatbelt,” the release said. The driver was the vehicle’s sole occupant.
The truck came to rest in lane No. 2 on the westbound side and caught fire. All traffic was blocked.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Information on the driver has not yet been released pending notification of family.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.