WELLSVILLE — A 21-year-old Hyrum man died Monday morning after the Jeep he was driving pulled in front of a tour bus, near the mouth of Sardine Canyon. Ty T. Hall was not wearing his seat belt and reportedly died on impact.
Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry said Hall was driving on SR-23 attempting to cross US-89/91, when he pulled in front of the Arrow Stage Lines bus that was traveling northbound. The front of the bus struck the Jeep in the passenger door area.
A UHP trooper was directly behind the bus and witnessed the entire crash. He along with a doctor and nurse, who also both stopped, tried to resuscitate Hall unsuccessfully.
Lee said the driver of the bus, 72-year-old Carroll B. Ruppert of Peoria, Arizona, suffered an injury to her arm. She was taken by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital. None of the passengers on the bus were injured.
The crash occurred just before 10 a.m. It closed both southbound lanes of US-89/91 for over two hours while troopers investigated and cleared the vehicles. Traffic was diverted into one of the northbound lanes to get around the scene.
Monday’s accident brings the total number of fatalities in northern Utah to five this summer. Last year there were nine deaths during the summer months, between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
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