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Drivers asked to avoid mouth of Provo Canyon due to fatal crash

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Posted at 4:02 PM, Sep 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 19:35:53-04

PROVO CANYON, Utah — Orem Police are asking the public to avoid the area near the mouth of Provo Canyon as crews respond to a fatal traffic accident.

The crash is near 800 North at the mouth of Provo Canyon.

Lt. Craig Martinez with the Orem Police Department said the crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. as a 70-year-old man made a right turn and lost control of the vehicle, which subsequently rolled.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The cause is under investigation, but at this time Martinez says there are no obvious signs of impairment or distraction.

Martinez said the man is from the Orem area, but they are not releasing his name until they are able to notify his family.

As of 5:30 p.m. the ramp from 800 North to EB US 189, which runs through Provo Canyon, remained closed, and Martinez said they are asking drivers to avoid the area.