Provo teen dies in Utah County rollover crash on SR-147

An 18-year-old driver from Provo died and his juvenile passenger had non-life-threatening injuries after the blue Ford F25 truck he was driving rolled over on State Route 147 in Utah County on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 7, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — An 18-year-old driver died late Monday afternoon when his vehicle rolled over on State Route 147 after a sideswipe with another vehicle.

Eric E. Blackham, of Provo, was ejected from his Ford F25 and was deceased on scene, a Utah Highway Patrol news release said.

A juvenile passenger in the Ford was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the news release, Blackham’s 1975 blue Ford F25 and a 2004 white Chevy Silverado, also occupied by a driver and a passenger, were both northbound on SR-147 at about 5:15 p.m.

“The driver of the Chevy pulled up alongside of the driver of the Ford,” the news release said. “Witness stated there appeared to be a mutual racing type occurrence between the two vehicles.”

The Chevy passed the Ford and “while exhibiting speed, a side swipe crash occurred.”

Blackham drove off the left side of the roadway, over-corrected, went off the road to the right, and rolled over. He was ejected and died on scene of his injuries.

The occupants of the Chevy were not injured.

“All of those involved were 18 years old or younger,” UHP said.


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