Utah Highway Patrol
A West Valley man died after crashing into the back of a semitrailer and rolling on U.S. 40 near Heber City on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

HEBER CITY — A West Valley City man died Wednesday after crashing into the back of a semitrailer near Heber City, troopers said.

About 10:30 a.m., Erick E. Villegas-Rosales, 28, was driving on U.S. 40 just east of Heber City when he crashed into the slower-moving truck in the right lane, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said Villegas-Rosales for an unknown reason "failed to brake or take evasive action" before crashing into the semitrailer. The car then swerved off the road and rolled into the median.

The only occupant of the car, Villegas-Rosales was pronounced dead shortly after at Heber Valley Medical Center, according to the UHP.

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"We are investigating speed, distraction and failure to wear a seat belt as the causes of the crash and resulting injuries," troopers said.

The semitrailer driver was uninjured in the crash, troopers said. The truck was loaded with diesel fuel, but the collision did not cause fuel to leak.

U.S. 40 eastbound in the area remained closed for several hours after the crash.

Correction: A previous version stated Villegas-Rosales was driving east toward Heber City. He was actually driving east near Heber City.