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Cattle hauler keeps rig upright in fatal head-on wreck

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A cattle hauler managed to keep the whole rig upright following a fatal, head-on wreck with a motorist. 

The crash happened on Friday, May 31st at about 6:45 a.m. on State Route 101 and 529 East Main Street in Wellsville, Utah. 

According to 2 KUTV, a semi truck hauling cows was heading east on SR 101 when a westbound sedan drifted into its lane, causing a head on collision. The force of the impact sent both vehicles skidding off of the roadway and into roadside ditches. The truck driver managed to keep the rig upright, despite coming to a stop at an approximately 20 degree angle. 

The truck driver and the cows were not hurt in the incident, but the motorist was found unresponsive and pinned beneath the dashboard inside of his car. He was extricated and transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

SR 101 was shut down for several hours as crews worked to investigate the crash and clear the wreckage. 

Officers say that the motorist was driving home from work at the time of the crash, but it is unclear whether driver fatigue was a factor in the wreck. No further information has been released.

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