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Cow On SR-40 In Duchesne County Leads To Deadly Crash

FILE PHOTO: Utah Highway Patrol

MYTON, Utah – Two people died after a crash on state Route 40 in Duchesne County on Sunday, authorities said.

The incident happened at approximately 8:16 p.m. in the area of mile post 102.

According to a statement from the Department of Public Safety, a Ford Explorer was traveling eastbound when it hit a cow.

The driver of pulled over and stepped out of the vehicle. A Hyundai Sonata that was traveling behind the Ford also stopped, and a person in the back seat of that vehicle exited the car.

Both people were standing on the shoulder of the road, officials said.

A GMC pickup truck traveling west then hit the cow in the road and lost control. The pickup crashed into the Explorer, which was propelled forward and struck the two individuals standing on the shoulder.

According to the DPS statement, the driver of the Explorer died at the scene. The Hyundai passenger was transported by ambulance to the hospital where she died from her injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.

The man who died has been identified as a 48-year-old Roosevelt resident. The woman who died has been identified as a 31-year-old Vernal resident.

Three other occupants in the Hyundai were not injured.

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