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Washington County crash claims the life of a 16-year-old

Sep 12, 2023, 7:30 PM | Updated: 8:42 pm

A 16-year-old was killed Tuesday morning following a one-vehicle crash in Washington County. Photo ...

A 16-year-old was killed Tuesday morning following a one-vehicle crash in Washington County. Photo credit: Utah Highway Patrol.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — The Utah Highway Patrol says a 16-year-old teenager died Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Washington County.

According to a news release from the Utah Department of Public Safety, a 2000 Chevy truck was traveling westbound on SR-159 near milepost 14 when the incident occurred. The release also states that the incident occurred at 5:25 a.m.

The release states: “The driver was passing a vehicle and in the process of moving back to the eastbound lane, lost control of the vehicle.”

The vehicle then crossed both lanes of traffic and into a field on the south side of the highway. The truck overturned and came to a stop roughly 300 feet from the road. 

The release states that three of the occupants were not wearing seat belts. The 16-year-old victim was ejected and passed away at the scene. 

The other three individuals in the truck were transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The highway remained opened during the investigation of the Washington County crash. 

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