One dead in Spanish Fork Canyon crash

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SPANISH FORK CANYON, Utah (ABC 4 UTAH) – One person is dead and two more are in the hospital Tuesday night after a crash in Spanish Fork Canyon.

It caused a mess. The Utah Highway Patrol had to close the highway for hours while it was cleaned up.

UHP says 19-year-old Arik Mack of Mapleton caused the accident near the Diamond Fork turnoff.

“We had coal everywhere,” says Trooper Jared Clanton.

That’s because the semi pulling two trailers was loaded with coal.

The semi driver was headed out of Spanish Fork Canyon when he saw Mack coming right for him. He had no choice but to swerve out of the way.

“It caused a 3 vehicle crash. The semi rolled and lost his load and blocked all lanes,” said Trooper Clanton.

Mack died at the scene. The third car was able to drive away from the accident. Two others involved in the crash were taken to the hospital.

It’s a tragic reminder for, commuter, Garin Harada, “It is too bad. I had a buddy that I used to work with, a colleague that passed away. The same deal 4, 5 miles up the road there, same thing. Not a coal truck but he died in a car accident.” he says.

Harada has been driving Spanish Fork Canyon nearly everyday for the last 20-years.
He believes speed is the biggest problem.

“Slow down, I think that is the main thing,” says Harada.

Traffic was backed up for hours as crews from all over the state worked to get the canyon back open.

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