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Gunnison truck driver killed in crash on U.S. 6

A Gunnison man was killed when his semitrailer loaded with coal drove off of the road on U.S. 6 Wednesday.
A Gunnison man was killed when his semitrailer loaded with coal drove off of the road on U.S. 6 Wednesday.
Utah Highway Patrol

PRICE — A Gunnison man was killed when his semitrailer loaded with coal drove off of the road on U.S. 6.

The crash occurred at 10:37 a.m. Wednesday when the truck carrying two trailers of coal crashed through a fence and split apart before falling into two 30-foot washes, the Utah Highway Patrol reported.

The driver, Byron F. Adamson, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck first left the road while coming out of a mild curve on U.S. 6. After going through the fence, the truck's cab and the two loaded trailers traveled about 500 feet before separating from each other, according to the UHP. The trailers immediately fell into a 30-foot deep wash. The cab traveled an additional 75 yards before falling into another wash, troopers reported.

Adamson was the truck's only occupant. Troopers were investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash to determine why the truck left the road.

Response crews were using cranes to pull the truck's cab and trailers from the washes. They expect to finish removing the debris within the next few days.

— Allison Oligschlaeger