Dump truck drives off bridge

2:01 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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PROVO, Utah (KSL) - A man is dead after the dump truck he was driving Tuesday swerved off the side of a bridge, landing upside down on the street below. 

Joseph Morgan was on his way to a job interview, when he saw a dump truck, pulling a trailer with a full load of gravel lose control.

"I was coming up over the hill, the semi swerves in front of me so i slowed down as he passed me.  I looked back to see if he was going to be okay once he hit the railing, but he kept going," said witness Joseph Morgan.

About 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, a 40-year-old man driving a Sunroc dump truck loaded with gravel was headed northbound on a bridge crossing railroad tracks in Provo. 

According to police, the truck swerved across traffic onto the bridge's barrier, without braking. 

It slid for approximately 20 feet on the railing before falling off the bridge and flipping onto its roof on the street below. 

An officer who witnessed the crash offered assistance on scene to the driver. 

The man was taken by paramedics to a nearby hospital, where he later died, and his name has not been released. 
Police are investigating the cause of the crash and why the driver made no apparent attempt to stop or correct the truck. 

"We don't know all we know is that when he veered there was no braking no corrections were made it was just a veer to the left until he hit the railing," said Provo Police Lt. Mathew Siufanua.

Investigators spent most of the afternoon taking measurements and inspecting the truck, to look for any possible mechanical problems.


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