Truck Driver Killed In “Near Head On Collision” With FedEx Team
CORRECTION: Thursday, May 2 @ 1:45 p.m. – Initial reports from the scene were erroneous and we have corrected the following report to reflect new information obtained by Transportation Nation Network directly from UHP. Thank you for your understanding.
Emery County, Utah – One trucker has died after his semi crossed the center line and nearly collided head on with a FedEx tractor-trailer along Highway 6 in Utah.
In a phone interview, Sgt. Nick Streets, Public Information Officer with the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) on Thursday, a 2017 International semi driven by Joseph L. Black Jr., 51, of El Paso, TX, was traveling westbound along Highway 6 at mile marker 279 when Black lost control at approximately 4 a.m. on Tuesday.
Black’s semi then crossed the center line striking an eastbound FedEx tractor-trailer pulling doubles.
Authorities described the impact as a “near head on collision.”
Sgt. Street told TNN it was not the FedEx driver who passed away, as numerous local and national news outlets, including TNN, first reported.
Instead, it was Black who passed away from injuries sustained in the crash, Sgt. Street confirmed.
Sgt. Street acknowledged there has been some confusion in the initial reporting of the accident.
The FedEx driver sustained non-life threatening injuries and the co-driver was uninjured, according to UHP.
Both the FedEx driver and co-driver are males, but UHP does not intend to release their identities at this time.
The highway was closed for approximately 5 hours as emergency responders worked to investigate and clear the wreckage.
Sgt. Street said the highway was “backed up 5 miles in both directions.”
Images from the scene reveal the extent of the debris strewn across the highway.
No determination has been made as to what caused Black to lose control.
“At this time we can’t determine if it was fatigue, medical, or inattentiveness,” Sgt. Street stated. “It’s going to take time before we know those answers.”
FedEx released the following statement after the crash:
“First and foremost we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the individual involved in this accident. Safety is our highest priority and we are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities at this time. FedEx Ground is dispatching teams to assist in the cleanup of the area. Packages and contents will be collected and carefully examined for damage and affected shippers will be notified.”
This is an ongoing investigation.
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