Dump Truck Crash Closes Empire Pass

Sep 18, 2020

Utah Highway Patrol says speed and drug use may be factors in Friday's dump truck rollover on 224, just past the Montage.
Credit Park City Police Department

  A dump truck overturned on 224 Friday afternoon, about a half mile above the Montage, blocking traffic in both directions in Empire Pass. The road was closed for more than four hours, preventing Park City traffic from accessing Guardsman Pass, a popular fall drive, during that time. The road reopened around 7 o’clock Friday night.


According to Utah Highway Patrol, the truck was traveling north on 224 down a steep grade. The truck went off the road on the right hand side. UHP says the driver apparently over-corrected to the left, which caused the truck to roll over, losing its entire load of asphalt on the road.  


The cab of the truck stopped on top of a guard rail, making it difficult to get the driver out of the wreckage. Rescue workers were able to get him out about an hour and a half later. He was taken to the hospital by helicopter.  


UHP says speed and drug use are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the incident.