Truck plummets over guardrail in Echo Canyon
A 62-year-old man later died after being pulled from the Weber River
February 17, 2017
A 62-year-old Wyoming man died on Tuesday after his truck plummeted over a guardrail on Interstate 80 into the Weber River near Echo Canyon.
Jeff A. Howard, of Kemmerer, Wyoming, was transported in a medical helicopter to a Salt Lake area hospital where he later died, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
At around 11:50 a.m., a white 1991 Toyota pickup truck was traveling westbound on Interstate 80 near mile marker 172 when it reportedly clipped a trailer pulled by a 2015 freightliner, according to UHP.
The impacted caused the pickup truck to go over the guardrail, ejecting the driver into the Weber River. A Utah Department of Transportation employee discovered the victim in the river and attempted life-saving measures, however, he later passed away from his injuries, UHP stated.
The semi-driver did not sustain any injuries.
– Angelique McNaughton