GARDEN CITY -- An accident that killed a 35-year-old Clearfield man was the first accident at the summit of Logan Canyon that Utah Department of Transportation officials can recall.
"It is very steep," said UDOT spokesman Vic Saunders. "A lot of drivers are aware of that, so they will shift down. They will come around that very slowly."
Andrew J. Benik was killed Saturday when he jumped from his truck after its brakes failed while descending Logan Canyon, heading east on State Road 89/91. He suffered head injuries and died at the scene.
The truck, which was hauling asphalt to Wyoming, came to a stop about 200 yards away after hitting trees and other vegetation. It was largely undamaged by the crash.
Saunders said there haven't been any requests for a runaway-truck ramp and, unless more accidents like this occur, there probably won't be any plans for one to be developed in that area.
A runaway-truck ramp lets the driver of an out-of-control truck safely leave the road and slows the vehicle down before crashing.
"It isn't something there's been a lot of demand for," Saunders said.
"With all the studies we've done and improvements that were made several years ago, it has not come up once that we should consider a runaway-truck lane."