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Provo driver killed as dump truck veers off bridge, lands upside down

Published: Monday, July 6 2015 10:24 a.m. MDT

A 40-year-old Provo man was killed after the dump truck he was driving went over the side of a bridge and landed upside down on the road below Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013, near 500 South and University Avenue in Provo. (, Provo City Police Department) A 40-year-old Provo man was killed after the dump truck he was driving went over the side of a bridge and landed upside down on the road below Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013, near 500 South and University Avenue in Provo. (, Provo City Police Department)

PROVO — A man is dead after the dump truck he was driving Tuesday swerved off the side of a bridge, landing upside down on the street below.

The Sunroc dump truck, driven by a 40-year-old Provo man, was traveling north on University Avenue about 1:15 p.m. when it swerved to the left, across other lanes of traffic, and began skidding along the barrier, Provo Police Lt. Mathew Siufanua said.

The gravel-loaded truck rode on top of the barrier for about 20 feet before it went over the edge of the bridge near 500 West and landed on its back 25 feet below, Siufanua said.

Emergency crews attempted to revive the man at the scene and transported him to a local hospital, where he later died. His name was not released Tuesday.

Joseph Morgan, who was on his way to a job interview in the area, said the truck swerved in front of him, missing him by a few feet.

A 40-year-old Provo man was killed after the dump truck he was driving went over the side of a bridge and landed upside down on the road below Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013, near 500 South and University Avenue in Provo. (Steve Landeen, Deseret News) A 40-year-old Provo man was killed after the dump truck he was driving went over the side of a bridge and landed upside down on the road below Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013, near 500 South and University Avenue in Provo. (Steve Landeen, Deseret News)

"I saw him head for the railing," Morgan said, "and as he passed me, I looked back to see if he was going to be OK once he hit the railing, but he kept going. I saw him go up and over."

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