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Man driving wrong way on I-15 killed in rollover crash on I-15

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Posted at 8:06 AM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 20:54:07-05

SALT LAKE CITY - A 36-year-old man is dead after rolling his car while driving the wrong way on I-15 north near 1300 S.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said the driver got on the freeway at 900 S. going south in the northbound lanes at about 7 a.m. Friday.

Royce said the driver made it to 1300 S. when he swerved to miss a car,  hit a wall, rolled and was thrown from the vehicle.

Officials said the man was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.

"This guy probably would have most likely survived if he had his seat belt on," Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Beau Mason said. "The crash really isn't that bad, not very much damage, the car did roll, but very much intact. But if he were wearing a seat belt, he probably would have survived this and maybe even uninjured."

UHP is investigating whether drugs or alcohol may be a factor in this wreck.

Troopers said it's very fortunate no other vehicles were involved.

Officials said if it wasn't a holiday with fewer drivers on the roads, the wreck could have been much worse.

Authorities have not released the name of the driver at this time.