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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

A man was killed Friday in Summit County when a Toyota Highlander struck a semi-truck near Echo Canyon about 23 miles east of Coalville at 10:15 p.m., the authorities said.

According to North Summit Fire Commissioner Tyler Rowser, the crash occurred on westbound Interstate 80 near the Wyoming state line.

Both vehicles were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Rowser said, adding that the crew had the fire contained within about 20 minutes.

The sport-utility vehicle was traveling eastbound when, for an unknown reason, the man crossed the median and the westbound lanes and entered a truck-inspection point, striking the semi-trailer head on, Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Jeff Nigbur said.

"I haven’t heard of it in my year of doing this but a lot of unexpected things happen on the freeway," Nigbur said, adding that the impact of the collision caused both vehicles to burst into flames.

The roads were clear and the amount of traffic moderate at the time of the crash, Nigbur said. He said it did not appear that speed or alcohol were factors.

The name of the driver who was killed was not released by Monday pending notification of family members.

Skate park benefit: dunk your favorite local politician

To raise money to construct a park for skateboarders in Coalville, neighbors can pay $1 per ball at the Summit County Fair to dunk their favorite local politician.

"Instead of a political think tank," Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt said, "this is a political dunk tank."

Schmidt estimates Coalville needs $40,000 to build a skate park downtown, and a dunking machine at the fair, he added, is a great way to start the fund-raising campaign.

Schmidt is scheduled to sit in the dunk tank Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Emerging political rivals Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott and Rob Weyher, chairman of the county Democratic Party, will also take turns in the dunking machine.

Weyher has hinted that in 2008 he may oppose Democrat Elliott for her County Commission seat. Elliott has already indicated interest in seeking a second term on the board.

"I bought all the tickets for Sally’s turn and she’s probably bought all the tickets for my turn," Weyher joked when asked about his scheduled appearance in the dunking machine Saturday at 3 p.m.

Elliott is scheduled to sit in the dunk tank Saturday at 2 p.m.

"I just hope everybody has got a good nature about it," Schmidt said.

Other officials slated for dunking include:

Thursday

Coalville City Attorney Sheldon Smith 4 p.m.

Oakley Mayor Blake Frazier 5 p.m.

Statehouse candidate Laura Bonham 6 p.m.

Friday

North Summit School District Superintendent Steve Carlsen 3 p.m.

Henefer Mayor Randy Ovard 4 p.m.

Statehouse candidate Mel Brown 6 p.m.

Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer 7 p.m.

Saturday

County Commission candidate Bill Miles 12 p.m.

Park City Mayor Dana Williams 1 p.m.

Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme 4 p.m.

The Summit County Fair runs until Aug. 12 at the County Fairgrounds, 202 East Park Road in Coalville.

Visit http://www.summitcounty.org or call 615-3000 for more information about fair events.


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