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A two-car crash in Tooele County kills one person

Nov 6, 2021, 3:01 PM | Updated: Nov 7, 2021, 7:05 pm
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(PHOTO: Courtesy of Getty Images)
(PHOTO: Courtesy of Getty Images)

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — A two-car accident in Tooele County early Saturday morning left one person dead.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 4:19 a.m. A cement truck was traveling northeast near milepost 1 on SR-179 at the Parachute Lane intersection. A Dodge Durango was driving westbound on Pole Canyon Road, heading toward Grantsville. 

The Durango, according to UHP, failed to stop for the stop sign. As a result, it was hit on the driver side by the cement truck. The driver of the Durango died at the scene. The driver of the cement truck suffered minor injuries.

The victim has been identified as Oscar Villegas, 61, of West Jordan. The intersection was closed for about an hour as the area was cleaned up and authorities conducted their investigation.

The intersection has only been opened for a week, and UHP is reminding drivers to pay attention to signs in the area. UHP is also asking drivers to make sure they come to a complete stop, slow down  and pay attention to the road.

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