GREEN RIVER, Utah, Oct. 28, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man died Monday afternoon when his vehicle rolled over on Interstate 70 and landed on its roof, pinning him inside.
The fatal accident happened at about 1:10 p.m. near milepost 172, about eight miles east of Green River, a news release from Utah Department of Public Safety says.
A 1999 blue Lincoln Town Car was traveling in the No.2 eastbound lane, then left the lane and went off the eastbound shoulder of the highway.
“Steering input brought the vehicle back onto and across both eastbound lanes of the interstate,” the news release says.
“The vehicle then traveled off the north side of the paved surface and began travel in the median where it overturned. The vehicle came to final rest on its roof.”
The driver, Douglas R Hughes, 83, of Fountain Valley, California, was the only person in the car. He was properly restrained in the vehicle, but the rollover caused the roof to collapse onto him, and he was pinned inside.
The seat belt was cut and Hughes was lifted out of the car, but once outside, he no longer had a pulse. CPR was started immediately, but at 1:40 p.m., medical personnel on scene determined that he was deceased.
This was the second fatal single-vehicle accident on I-70 in Emery County since Sunday afternoon, when a westbound 2003 Ford Excursion went out of control near milepost 157 and rolled over, ejecting the driver and passenger. For that story, click here.