DUCHESNE — A wildlife services employee was found dead Friday morning after the state vehicle he was driving rolled down a steep embankment. 

Robert Ivie, 56, had been working 18 years for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food trapping and hunting predators that threatened livestock.

"Ron has been a longtime and dedicated employee who understands the value of his work to protect Utah's livestock industry," said Kyle Stephens, the department's deputy commissioner.

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Officials are investigating whether Ivie was killed in the crash or if a medical event triggered the accident, department spokesman Larry Lewis said. The investigation has been turned over to the Utah Highway Patrol.

Ivie was driving in a remote area of Duchesne County about 9:30 a.m. when the accident occurred, officials said. He had been working on predator control on Moon Ranch in the Wolf Creek Pass area.

Lewis said a passerby spotted Ivie's truck and climbed down the embankment to render aid, but Ivie could not be revived.

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