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Fatal accident closes U.S. 40 near Heber

A four-car accident claimed one life near Heber City Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred around 11 a.m. on U.S. 40 near milepost 13. That’s near the intersection with State Route 32 a couple of miles north of Heber City.

Sgt. Cameron Roden with the Utah Highway Patrol said the crash involved four cars. One person was killed and several others sustained injuries ranging from mild to moderate.

A white Ford 150 was traveling east and according to witnesses, its driver appeared to lose consciousness, causing the truck to run head-on into a Dodge Ram pickup stopped at a red light headed in the opposite direction.

The Dodge was pushed into a black BMW also stopped at the light. The Ford’s driver, a 68-year-old man, died, and a medical episode is being investigated as a possible cause of the crash.

The accident closed traffic in both directions on 40 for several hours and traffic was rerouted through Midway.

The victim's name has not yet been made public.