Victim identified in Thursday's highway 6 fatality (UPDATED)
Rain and wet roads may have led to a collision which claimed the life of one and injured two Thursday afternoon on U.S. Highway 6 near the Carbon-Emery county border.
According to Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. John Kelly, the crash, which occurred near mile marker 264 at about 3 p.m. killed Jack Le Roy Seiber, 22, of Blackfoot, Idaho. Three other individuals were transported to Castleview Hospital following the collision, two of which sustained abrasions and possible broken bones, according to public safety dispatch reports.
According to a UHP press release, a green Toyota 4Runner was traveling east on highway 6 during a heavy rainstorm. The vehicle allegedly lost control and spun into the westbound lane where a red Ford Escort being driven by Seiber was traveling. The Toyota struck Seiber's vehicle directly in the driver's side door, sending it into an embankment on the side of the road.
The 4Runner's driver, was not injured, but all three occupants of the of the Toyota were transported via ambulance to Castleview with non-life threatening injuries.
"No drugs or alcohol were apparent and all airbags deployed," said a Utah Highway Patrol release. "It appears a sudden heavy downpour and not a general condition (occurred)."
At the scene, UHP Sgt. Kelly noted that wet roads and heavy rain were being investigated as a cause for the crash and that one of the vehicles could have hydroplaned.
The highway was shut down for a short period for landing a helicopter, which was called in as officials tried to deal with the severity of Seiber's injuries. When he was pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel, the chopper returned to the hospital to allow an investigation to begin.
Traffic along both lanes of U.S. 6 were impacted for more than three hours as public safety crews worked to transport the accident victims, investigate the collision and clear the highway.
Check Tuesday's edition of the Sun Advocate for more details as they are made available.