VEYO — A man is dead after the car he was driving plunged straight off a cliff and into a ravine in Veyo Thursday.
The man was heading north on state Route 18 through Veyo at about 7 p.m. and was about to cross the Veyo Arch Bridge over the Santa Clara River gorge when he exited the roadway and started driving through the dirt, Utah Highway Patrol trooper Mike Murphy said. He drove past cement barricades on the side of the bridge and rolled his Saturn sedan off the cliff, which is about 80 feet high.
The car suffered extensive damage on the way down; parts of the vehicle were strewn across the ravine. It landed on the driver’s side with the passenger side of the vehicle in the air, Murphy said. When police and other emergency responders arrived on the scene, the man was still alive.
“He was talking and screaming when we got down there,” Murphy said.
An ambulance and an Intermountain Life Flight helicopter rushed to the scene.
Emergency responders secured the man to a stretcher before starting to carry him out on the opposite side of the ravine, repeatedly yelling his name to make sure he remained conscious. When responders were close to the top of the ravine with the man in the stretcher, they set him down on the ground and started performing CPR.
After about 20 minutes of them taking turns performing CPR, the man was pronounced dead.
His name was not released, but Murphy said he was 18 to 22 years of age and from Veyo.
There were initially reports of a woman in the car with him, but police located her and learned that she had gotten out of the vehicle before the man drove off the cliff.
The incident is still under investigation at the time of this report.
“We don’t know if it was intentional or not,” Murphy said. “That’s just part of the investigation still.”
Dammeron Valley Fire, Gold Cross Ambulance and a Utah Department of Transportation incident management team also responded to the scene.
This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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