A Utah man died Saturday in a one-vehicle crash near Cozad, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

Joseph Vitek, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators determined that Vitek was driving a semitrailer truck west on Interstate 80 about 4 miles east of Cozad about 12:20 a.m. when he went off the road.

The semi left the roadway near a rest stop and crashed into a tree, the report said. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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