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Authorities identify woman hit, killed by semi after exiting car along I-15 near Nephi

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Posted at 3:59 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 23:14:42-05

NEPHI, Utah -- Utah Highway Patrol says a woman suffered fatal injuries after she was hit by a semi-trailer on I-15 north of Nephi Wednesday, and northbound lanes of the freeway were closed for more than an hour as authorities investigated the crash.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, things began on I-15 near mile post 229 at about 2:40 p.m. when a woman inside of a Honda Pilot traveling northbound removed her seat belt and attempted to get out of the moving vehicle.

The driver of the car pulled to the side of the road and stopped the car as he attempted to keep the woman inside the vehicle. However, the woman exited the vehicle, ran around the back and then out into the road.

The woman, later identified as 39-year-old Emily Dyches of Salem, was struck by a northbound semi that attempted to stop but was not able to avoid the collision. Dyches was killed on impact.

Northbound I-15 was closed in the vicinity for about an hour and a half as crews investigated the scene.