The vehicle involved in Thursday night’s rollover that was first released by Emery County Dispatch as a semi has now been described by Utah Highway Patrol as a one-ton dually style pick-up hauling a mine drilling rig.
Just after 7 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a rollover involving the pick-up near Stewart’s Market on Highway 10 at mile marker 39 in Castle Dale.
Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lawrence Hopper reported the 41-year-old male driver had been headed southbound around the curve into Castle Dale when the equipment he was hauling shifted. The weight of the shift caused the vehicle to roll onto the northbound shoulder.
The force of impact caused extreme damage to the cab forcing emergency personnel on scene to extract the driver.
“When he was pulled from the vehicle the driver pleaded with paramedics that he was fine, and didn’t need to go to the hospital, but he was transported as a precaution,” said Hopper.
Although the driver claimed to be in good health, Hopper said he had not been wearing his seat belt and could have sustained internal injuries.
“He was very fortunate he was not badly injured,” Hopper said.