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Accident claims Riverdale man | Preston Citizen

Accident claims Riverdale man

October 1, 2013

1378674_610516872333632_929994225_nBy ROBERT S. MERRILL

Assistant editor


A 37-year-old Riverdale man was killed instantly Monday evening in a two-vehicle accident just south of the Idaho/Utah state line on U.S. 91.

Utah Highway Patrol, who is still investigating the accident, said Alan B. Short, who had just moved to Riverdale, was traveling northbound on the highway when he apparently did not see a grain truck and never braked for the vehicle.

His small sedan hit the rear of the fully-loaded truck, which had stopped to make a left-hand turn about a half-mile south of the state line, according to Highway Patrol officials.

Patrol Lt. Lee Perry said the driver of the northbound grain truck stopped in the left travel lane at approximately 14200 North. As the unidentified driver waited to make the turn he saw the car approaching, but had no time to react, said Perry.

Perry said according to witnesses they believe Short was traveling between 60-65 miles per hour on impact.

Emergency crews on scene originally called for a medical helicopter and planned to extricate the man, but then canceled the call after determining he was already deceased. Perry indicated he died instantly.

The driver of the grain truck was not injured and there were no other passengers in either vehicle.

The northbound lanes of traffic were blocked and there was a short delay for northbound drivers. One southbound lane was also shut down for a brief period.

Law enforcement officials are asking witnesses, who did not remain at the scene, to contact them about information they may have about the accident.

Webb Funeral Home officials said they are handling arrangements and a full obituary will appear in a future addition of The Preston Citizen.

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