Driver killed in semi rollover near Amalga

A semi-truck accident west of Amalga Sunday morning killed the driver and closed State Road 218 for several hours, while troopers investigated.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cade Brenchley said the truck was westbound when it drifted off the road near 3600 W. The driver appeared to have over corrected, causing the truck to jack-knife. The truck detached from the trailer and rolled, crushing the cab.

The driver, 57-year-old Salvador Lemus-Tellez of Kimberly, Idaho, was already deceased when troopers arrived on scene. He had to be extricated from the truck. Troopers said it appeared he was not wearing a seat belt. 

Brenchley said troopers are unsure the cause of the accident but believe Lemus-Tellez may have been distracted, fatigued or suffered a medical episode. No other vehicles were involved.

The trailer was carrying a dairy byproduct. The truck was owned by Anderson Dairy in Burley, Idaho.

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