The Memorial Day Holiday has proven to be a deadly one for motorists in Box Elder County. After a single vehicle rollover earlier in the day with no one seriously injured, four individuals were injured Monday afternoon and a 94-year-old Montana man died in a rollover accident on state Route 30 near Beaver Dam.According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the man is identified as 94-year-old Leroy M. Grace, originally from Trego, Mont., but was living with family in Fielding, Box Elder County. Grace, along with four family members in the vehicle, was wearing a seat belt.The Austin family was traveling back to Fielding from Cache County on state Route 30 just before 5 p.m. in a Jeep Cherokee with a flatbed trailer full of lumber. Just over the Box Elder County line, the trailer began weaving back and forth. Before the driver, Benjamin Austin, 34, of Fielding, could slow down, the whipping trailer detached and forced the Jeep into a rollover.It rolled at least two times before coming to rest on its passenger side on the right side of the road. Grace, who was a passenger in the front seat, was in critical condition due to the roof crushing from the roll. Grace was transported, along with everyone else, to Bear River Valley Hospital. He was later pronounced dead. The other four family members, including a 7-year-old girl, basically walked away from the crash with minor injuries.One lane of traffic was closed for about three hours while crews cleaned up the spilled lumber. Investigators are looking into whether the trailer was loaded properly for the towing vehicle. There were equipment problems with the trailer and a cross wind in the area. A medical helicopter and ambulances were sent to the scene of the crash. UHP says it appears that everyone in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
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