Man killed after semitrailers collide on freeway

Posted at 4:59 PM, Dec 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-11 18:59:54-05

BLUFF, Utah – A man was killed and another was injured after a two-vehicle accident on SR-191 near Bluff early Wednesday morning.

According to information from the Department of Public Safety, the accident occurred near mile post 10 at about 12:45 a.m.

A northbound semitrailer loaded with produce crossed the center line and hit a southbound semitrailer loaded with U.S. mail head on. Both trailers were ripped open and their contents were scattered.

The driver of the northbound vehicle was killed. Authorities identified him as 29-year-old Michael Eckerman of Glendale, Arizona. The driver of the southbound semitrailer was transported to a Blanding hospital with injuries, which were mostly caused by flying glass.

The road was closed for a short time, but one lane has since reopened. According to information from Utah DPS, weather was not a factor in the crash, and it appears both drivers were wearing seat belts.