Highway 40

Courtesy Utah Highway Patrol

The Utah Highway Patrol is reporting that a tanker truck this weekend struck a pedestrian who was walking on Highway 40 at night.

The UHP reported that the fatality happened shortly after 3:00 am Saturday morning. An oil tanker truck that was heading south, just before entering Heber, hit a male pedestrian who was in the roadway.

He was wearing dark clothing, and the highway is unlit in that area. The Highway Patrol reported that the pedestrian didn't have any identification and was apparently a transient.

Utah Department of Public Safety

A multi-vehicle crash on Highway 40 at mile marker 16, just north of Heber City, sent one man to the hospital in extremely critical condition and stopped traffic for a couple of hours Saturday afternoon.   The accident happened in the same area where 16 year-old Victor Benitez lost his life in a head-on collision five weeks earlier.  

Deer Creek DWR

The Wasatch County Council met last week on a couple of water issues along with a discussion about the Highway 40 corridor management plan. Planning efforts are underway to build a bypass route around Heber City and the County Council wanted to be sure Heber municipal is on board with the overall management plan.  Carolyn Murray has this:

A semi-truck driver has plead guilty in Third District Court. The driver was phone-shopping at the wheel last year, when he rear-ended a vehicle on U.S. 40, resulting in a crash that paralyzed the driver and caused fatal injuries to a passenger.

The defendant, 38-year-old Nathaniel Bone of Midvale, appeared in court and pled Guilty to the charge of “Text Messaging or e-mail Automobile Homicide”.  

The Snyderville Planning Commission didn't make a decision Tuesday night about the proposed Village at Silver Summit. The project raises some fundamental issues regarding affordable housing and traffic. Rick Brough has more.

Originally aired July 26, 2013.

A single-vehicle crash on Highway 40 Wednesday afternoon left two people critically injured. But fortunately, all the passengers in the SUV were wearing seatbelts. Rick Brough has more.