Crash West of Duchesne

Seatbelts saved lives in a two vehicle crash west of Duchesne on Saturday evening. According to Utah Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at approximately 7:35pm on Highway 40 at Mile Post 83, three miles west of Duchesne. A 30-year-old Provo man was traveling westbound when his vehicle left the lane of travel and crossed into the oncoming lane, impacting the front passenger side of a vehicle traveling eastbound. The impacted vehicle was occupied by at 42-year-old woman and 45-year-old man, both from Lapoint. The highway was shut down for about half an hour for a medical helicopter. The Provo man was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital. Both occupants of the impacted vehicle were taken to the Uintah Basin Medical Center by ambulance. It is unknown why the Provo man traveled into the oncoming lane but Highway Patrol did state that all parties were wearing seatbelts which is believed to have saved lives in this crash. Lt. Brett Gehring says that the crashes on Basin roads over the weekend are a reminder to stay alert on the road at all times. “Please keep your speeds down,” shares Lt. Gehring, “and wear your seat belts at all times.”