Man killed when vehicle rolls 200 feet down mountain in Box Elder County

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BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah, Nov. 24, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 44-year-old man was killed when the vehicle he was driving rolled 200 feet down a mountain in Box Elder County and he was ejected.

A news release from the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office said the deceased is Jess Cole Palmer, of Pleasant View.

The incident occurred on Willard Peak Road between Perry Reservoir and Willard Basin just before 11:40 a.m. Saturday, the news release said.

“A report came in to Box Elder communications of a vehicle rollover in the area above,” it said. “Law enforcement, EMS and Search and Rescue units all responded to the area. Mantua Police Department was the first to arrive on scene and found a 2005 Ford F-250 pickup had slid off the road and rolled down the mountain approximately 200 feet. The lone occupant of the vehicle had been ejected and had died at the scene.”

The investigation is ongoing, but it appears that the driver was attempting to turn around due to the extremely slick conditions and the vehicle dropped off of the road backward.

“Due to the significant drop off of the road, this initiated the start of the rollover and the vehicle rolled violently down the mountain, ejecting the driver,” the news release said.

Palmer’s body was transported to the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner, the statement said. It’s not clear at this time whether he was wearing a seat belt.

Agencies that assisted in the incident were Box Elder County Sheriff, Box Elder Search and Rescue, Brigham EMS and Fire, Mantua first responders, Mantua Police Department and Utah Highway Patrol.


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