LOGAN — A man died Wednesday afternoon near Wellsville while being pursued by the Utah Highway Patrol. Troopers were attempting a traffic stop when the man allegedly drove head-on into a semi-truck, causing both vehicles to burst into flames.
The fatal accident occurred at 6200 S US-89/91, near the mouth of Sardine Canyon just after 1:30 p.m.
Police radio traffic, provided by Broadcastify, described the scene as two troopers were trying to pull the man over.
<em>Trooper 1: “We are going to be 10-80. Southbound 89-91, approaching the Park N’ Ride. Do you want to notify Box Elder?”</em>
<em>Dispatcher 1: “10-4”</em>
<em>Dispatcher 2: “Copy, 10-80 southbound.”</em>
<em>Trooper 1: “Send medical and fire. He just went head-on with a semi.”</em>
<em>Dispatcher 2: “10-4. What’s the location?”</em>
<em>Trooper 2: “We are right by the South Valley R.V. Just barely north of it.”</em>
The man’s identity has not been released, pending notification of family and the ongoing investigation.
Minutes before the crash police dispatch operators put out an “attempt to locate” for the man’s vehicle after another motorist called 911, stating the truck was driving recklessly. The witness claimed the black Chevy Silverado was swerving all over the road near the American West Heritage Center. They also said they saw the driver throw a beer can out the window.
The man reportedly died instantly. Troopers radioed that the driver of the semi was able to get of his truck.
<em>Trooper 1: “Cache 497. The semi driver is out of the vehicle”</em>
<em>Dispatcher 2: “10-4.”</em>
<em>Dispatcher 2: “497 Cache. Are they going to need extrication for this vehicle?”</em>
<em>Trooper 1: “Fully engulfed right now.”</em>
Fire fighters and emergency crews arrived on the scene and extinguished both vehicles.
Paramedics transported the semi-truck driver to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash occurred in the median, completely blocking all southbound traffic and partially blocking northbound. Traffic was diverted for over nine hours while officers investigated the crash and cleared the scene.
Because the crash involved UHP troopers, Logan City Police officers are investigating the accident.
Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen said they plan to release more information Thursday morning, including the identities of the drivers involved.
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