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Summit County Deputy stops wrong way driver in head-on collision closing SR-40

Multiple officers responded to stop the wrong way driver with the Summit County Deputy taking the truck head-on

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — SR-40 was closed for several hours this morning as emergency personnel attended to a head-on collision involving a Summit County Sheriff’s vehicle and a wrong-way driver.

Dispatch received multiple reports that a pickup truck was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of US 40 near mile marker 15. The truck continued to head westbound from Wasatch County towards Summit County.

Summit County deputies responded to the area to locate the wrong-way driver. A Summit County patrol deputy spotted the vehicle near mile 3.5 on US 40. The driver was traveling westbound in the left lane of the eastbound lanes. The deputy intercepted the wrong-way driver by positioning his vehicle into the path of the oncoming truck.

The Summit County deputy was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries and has since been released. The wrong-way driver reported no injuries.

The incident was first reported at 7:06 a.m. on July 9, and the road was reopened a little after 10:00 a.m.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

Traffic alert: US-40 shut down after crash, anticipate delays

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