Driver dead after dump truck flips over overpass

Posted at 3:38 PM, Feb 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-19 20:43:14-05

PROVO, Utah - A dump truck driver has died after his truck crossed three lanes of traffic and flipped over an overpass in Provo on Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened just after 2 p.m. at 600 South and University Avenue.

Police say the truck was driving northbound when it veered across three lanes of traffic, hit the University Avenue overpass and fell, flipping onto its top.

"It was going over the side rail and everything and it just, it was almost in slow motion. It was just like, it didn't hit anything else," said Stacey Tollison, who witnessed the accident.

According to police, the driver never slowed down. He tumbled over the side of the overpass and became crushed in the cab. He was unconscious when medics arrived.

"When officers and paramedics arrived, they made contact with the driver, they initiated CPR and took him to a local emergency room here in Provo," said Provo Police Sgt. Matt Siufanua.

The driver, who police say was 40 years old, was hospitalized in critical condition, where he died on Tuesday evening.

Investigators will look into whether the driver had some sort of medical condition that would have prompted him to veer across the roadway.

University Avenue was closed for some time Tuesday afternoon while crews investigated and cleared the scene.