The semitractor-trailer truck driven by Simon Ashe, 30, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, “failed to negotiate a left-hand curve” and went off the right-hand side of the road, striking a rock outcropping and rolling onto the passenger side, according to Lt. Tyler Roberts of the Utah Highway Patrol.
Ashe was ejected through the windshield of the truck cab and died at the scene, Roberts said.
The truck, a 2002 Kenworth, was pulling a 53-foot trailer that was filled with a shipment of onions. The cargo was being transported from northern Utah to New Mexico, where the trucking company, SR Ashe Trucking, is based, UHP officials said. Roberts said Simon Ashe is the son of the trucking company’s owner.
UHP troopers continued investigating the crash on the morning of Jan. 19 and the right southbound lane of the highway was closed to traffic for a period of time, UHP officials said.
Roberts said witness reports indicated that the truck was traveling southbound on U.S. 191 at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred.
“Witnesses have indicated to investigators that the Kenworth was traveling in excess of 80 miles per hour in a 65 zone and was weaving in the lane,” a UHP news release stated.
UHP investigators said Ashe was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
“The indication is just that he went off the right-hand side of the road,” Roberts said. “There was no evidence of braking visible.”
Ashe’s body was transported to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.