COVE – A Franklin County man died Monday evening in a car accident on U.S. 91 near Cove at approximately 5:50 p.m. Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry says the victim, 37-year-old Alan Short, apparently did not notice a stopped truck in front of him.
“A white Volkswagen Passat was northbound on U.S. 91 about a half mile before the Idaho border,” Lt. Perry explains. “(Short) came upon a 1963 Peterbuilt grain hauler. The grain hauler had stopped in the lane of traffic in the inside lane, northbound, to make a left turn to go west across the southbound lane to go into a farm field.
“The driver of the Passat, for some unknown reason at this point, did not realize the truck had come to a stop.”
Short, a resident of Preston, apparently did not brake and collided into the back of the grain hauler and died instantly. Short was the only occupant in the 2001 Volkswagen Passat.
The driver of the 1963 Peterbuilt 156, a 16-year-old male from Cache County, was not injured and apparently did have his left turn signal on.
Both north-bound lanes and one south-bound lane of traffic on U.S. 91 were closed while crews were attending to the accident scene. All lanes were reopened by 9 p.m.
Lt. Perry said UHP is interested in talking with any individuals who may have witnessed the accident or had seen the events that led up to the crash. The can call the Utah Highway Patrol at (435) 752-1110. Authorities will continue their investigation into the accident.