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Police identify woman who died after colliding with semitrailer near Spanish Fork Canyon

A 22-year-old woman died after suffering “extreme” head trauma when her SUV collided with a semitrailer near Spanish Fork Canyon on Monday, April 27, 2020.
Spanish Fork Police Department

SPANISH FORK — A 22-year-old woman died from injuries she sustained, including “extreme” head trauma, after her SUV collided with a semitrailer near Spanish Fork Canyon on Monday afternoon.

Police on Tuesday identified the driver as Joy Johnson, of Spanish Fork.

Johnson was driving alone in a silver Mazda Tribute on Powerhouse Road and tried to make a left turn to head west on U.S. 6. The truck was traveling east on U.S. 6 and hit the SUV driver’s side, according to Spanish Fork Police Lt. Brandon Anderson.

“It appears the Mazda Tribute pulled out in front of the semitruck,” Anderson said.

After emergency personnel arrived to treat Johnson at the scene, she was taken by helicopter to Utah Valley Hospital in Provo in extremely critical condition and later died.

The driver of the semitrailer was not injured, although the truck was damaged.

Following the accident, U.S. 6 closed in both east and west directions on Monday for a few hours.

Authorities are investigating the accident, Anderson said.