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Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
UHP and Orem police investigate an accident scene in Provo Canyon today near Bridal Veil Falls.

PROVO — A man died Wednesday morning after his car crossed the center line and crashed into an SUV on U.S. 189 up Provo Canyon directly across from Bridal Veil Falls.

The man, believed to be in his early 30s, was traveling east up the canyon in a green Nissan Sentra when he swerved across the middle lane and came into the west-bound lane of travel, just after 10 a.m.

There is no hard median at mile post 11, right across from the falls, and the man collided into an SUV heading west, said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Brett Christensen.

The man was killed instantly and the five passengers in the SUV — two adults, two children and an infant — were taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, Christensen said.

A medical helicopter had been called out, but the injuries were not severe enough to warrant being flown out of the canyon, Christensen said.

Officials are investigating for drugs or alcohol, but at this point don't believe they're a factor, Christensen said. It's also possible it was simply driver error, since the road was clear and the area where the accident occurred is not winding, nor is there a nearby driveway from any park or recreation area.

"As canyon roads go, this is actually quite safe," Christensen said.

However, because it's a canyon, drivers need to be more careful and understand it's not a freeway with continuous middle barriers, Christensen said.

The man is believed to have been living in Utah County, though perhaps originally from out-of-state. Officers were working to notify family members Wednesday afternoon.

U.S. 189 was shut down only briefly while medical and emergency personnel arrived and while the victim was extricated from his car. It opened to one lane of travel in each direction around the accident while the accident was cleared, Christensen said.


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