FAIRVIEW, Sanpete County — A truck driver died in an accident Saturday after he was ejected from the semitrailer's cab.
Troy Young, 48, of Price, was driving a semitrailer transporting a backhoe on state Route 31 about two miles east of Fairview. He was traveling at a high speed down the canyon when the brakes of the truck overheated as he neared a bend in the road, according to Utah Highway Patrol troopers.
As Young attempted to round the corner, he briefly entered the opposite lane and over-corrected the semitrailer as he re-entered into the correct lane, crashing the truck into the hillside, the UHP reported.
Young, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, was ejected from the cab when the backhoe became detached from the semi as it rolled down the hillside toward SR-31, troopers said.
The incident caused the road to be closed for several hours in both directions.