Utah troopers suspect driver was impaired in dump truck crash that killed 6

A dump truck driver is suspected of causing a fatal crash while impaired. (Photo: Mike Fessler / KUTV)

HEBER, Utah (KUTV) — Utah Highway Patrol troopers said suspect impairment was a factor in a crash that killed six people Friday.

The collision happened around noon on State Route 40. Investigators believe a dump truck swerved and crossed a median into oncoming traffic.

The truck hit a pickup truck in the eastbound lanes. Three of the people traveling in the pickup were ejected from the vehicle.

Authorities say open containers of alcohol and prescription pills were found in the dump truck, leading them to believe impaired driving may have been a factor in the crash. They also told reporters on scene that another driver had called to report the dump truck as driving recklessly just two minutes before they believe the crash occurred.

A Jeep carrying two people had swerved to avoid the truck, rolling down an embankment off the side of SR-40. Both people from that vehicle were in the hospital and expected to survive, police said.

The dump truck driver survived the crash and was recovering in the hospital on Friday.

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