Update: Police ID man killed in head-on crash on SR-138 in Tooele County

Police have identified a 23-year-old man killed after a crash on State Route 138 near milepost 14 Tuesday morning. Photo Courtesy: Utah Highway Patrol

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah, July 18, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Police have identified a 23-year-old man killed after a crash on State Route 138 near milepost 14 Tuesday morning.

The deceased is James Brubaker, from Ogden, the Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release Wednesday.

A UHP news release Tuesday evening said the crash happened at 11:25 a.m., when a 2001 Buick Century was heading west on SR-138, which is only a two-lane highway in that area.

A 2018 Toyota Tacoma was traveling eastbound.

James Brubacker Photo Facebook

The news release says the Buick attempted to pass a semi in a no-passing zone.

The Buick hit the Toyota Tacoma head on in the eastbound lane.

Brubaker, who was driving the Buick, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Toyota was seriously injured, and two passengers had minor injuries. They were transported by ambulance to a Salt Lake City area hospital.

SR-138 was closed for about three hours, UHP said.

Police have identified a 23 year old man killed after a crash on State Route 138 near milepost 14 Tuesday morning Photo Courtesy Utah Highway Patrol



  1. I feel so bad for the people in the Toyota. They were totally in the right. I’m hoping you recover soon from your injuries.

    • What about the deceased? Ever think of his family, his unborn daughter that won’t ever meet her Dad. It’s a very sad and tragic accident for all involved not just the Tacoma occupants. From my understanding, James is a close friend, he fell asleep at the wheel.

    • Everyone lost in this accident there are no winners in life that is lost. People that had the right of way are alive and can move on what about the 23 year old man who lost his life? Or the unborn child who will never meet her father? You are ignorant and no nothing about the value of human life and the pain that all who know these people are going through. I hope you relize the added heart ache you’ve added the your childish comment. Accidents happen and don’t need your lame self righteous comments or side line bull crap sleep well

  2. And not the family of the deceased? He left a wife & unborn child behind. It’s sad that it happened at all. But to say you feel for them & exclude the deceased is ignorant AF. He wasn’t trying to pass the semi, he fell asleep.


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