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Man killed not wearing seat belt when driver falls asleep on way from Wendover

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Posted at 9:16 AM, Jun 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-17 19:31:41-04

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah - The Utah Highway Patrol is stressing the importance of seat belts after an accident that killed one person on I-80 Wednesday morning.  Tooele SL Co rollover traffic

Troopers said friends and family were driving back to Salt Lake City from Wendover when the tired driver fell asleep and veered off the road on I-80 westbound at the Tooele County and Salt Lake County line just before 7 a.m.

The passenger in his 30s who died was lying down in the backseat, not wearing his seat belt, when the car went off the road and flipped over a barrier.

Officials said a second car with family members was driving back with them but no one was injured in that vehicle.

The freeway was at a standstill until after 8 a.m. when crews were able to clear the scene.

The names of those involved have not been confirmed at this time.