Dump truck driver killed after jumping from vehicle in Garden City (with photos)

The driver of a dump truck was killed Saturday after jumping from his vehicle when its brakes failed. According to a report from the Utah Highway Patrol, 35-year-old Andrew J. Benik of Clearfield was heading southeast on Highway 89/91 between Logan Canyon and Garden City around 10:40 a.m. at mile marker 495. The truck and its trailer were filled with asphalt, headed to Kemmerer, Wyoming. Troopers say witnesses observed the truck increasing its speed above the posted speed limit and observed black smoke from the axle area of the vehicle. It appears the brakes went out as Benik was headed down from the canyon’s summit toward Garden City. Benik jumped from the moving semi and was killed instantly. The truck came to a stop 200 feet later, striking numerous trees and vegetation. Troopers say Benik sustained severe head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say no other vehicles were involved.

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