Details released after fatal collision in Wasatch County, driver who died identified

A collision between a pickup and a semi in Wasatch County killed one and injured two on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Photo: Utah DPS

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah, Nov. 15, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Department of Public Safety has released additional details on a fatal collision Friday in Wasatch County.

The crash, involving a pickup truck and a semi/box truck, happened at 10:28 a.m. on U.S. 40, the statement says.

“… a white Dodge Ram pickup was traveling eastbound on US 40 near milepost 29,” a Department of Public Safety statement says.

“Multiple witnesses stated that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, above the posted speed limit. For unknown reasons, the driver of the white Dodge Ram, sharply turned into the westbound lane of travel.”

The pickup crossed a double yellow line that divided the roadway, the statement says.

“A large 30 foot semi box-truck was traveling westbound. The Dodge pickup truck impacted the front of the box truck at full speed and force. The driver of the Dodge Ram was killed instantly.”

The deceased driver has been identified as Steven H Okelberry, age 59, of West Valley City.

“The driver of the box truck sustained serious injuries and was flown from the scene by medical helicopter. A passenger of the box truck sustained injuries and was transported by ambulance.”

The post, issued mid afternoon on Friday, said U.S. 40 was closed in both directions while an investigation was being completed and “a small Hazmat spill is also being attended to.”


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