Bountiful man hit by FedEx truck on Interstate 80
A Bountiful man was killed near Echo Junction early Thursday morning after he walked in front of a FedEx truck on Interstate 80, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
The victim, John W. Garner, age 41, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured and no other vehicles were involved.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Garner was traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 in a white 2000 Dodge pickup truck when, for unknown reasons, he hit a section of the guardrail at around 2:47 a.m. on Thursday. There were no witnesses to the initial crash.
Garner reportedly drove through the median into oncoming traffic before hitting the guardrail on the opposite side of the Interstate in the westbound emergency lane.
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jed Jorgenson said another driver arrived on scene and found the victim draped across the seat. Jorgenson said the man called 911 before leaving. Sometime shortly after, Garner got out of his vehicle and "stepped in front" of the FedEx truck, which was traveling westbound. He died on impact.
The accident occurred near mile marker 169, near Echo Junction, and closed portions of the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 for several hours. An investigation is ongoing.
Garner had recently been listed as a missing or endangered person after his mother notified Davis County authorities that he was going through "some personal issues" following a divorce, Jorgenson said.
"They had gotten a phone call prior to the crash from him so they thought something was going on and called local police," Jorgenson said. "We were able to figure that out after the fact and are looking into that as one of the factors."
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