A single vehicle accident claimed the life of Carbon County business owner and Helper resident Greg Ferderber on Thursday, according to Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk. Ferderber, 62, was pronounced dead early Friday morning after a brief search for his vehicle in the Cedar Mountain area of Emery County.
According to Emery County officials, the search for Ferderber began on Thursday evening at approximately 11:30 p.m. when a missing persons call came in to the Emery County Sheriff's Office.
"Deputies immediately responded," said Sheriff Funk. "However, dark conditions and a large search area posed several problems. We really didn't know which area to concentrate on, so we searched back towards Price before deciding to wait for the light of day on Friday."
On Friday morning at 7:37 a.m., a call came in to the Emery Sheriff reporting that Ferderber's truck had been found by a friend who was assisting in the search.
According to Funk, it has been determined that Ferderber's 2008 Red Dodge Pickup missed a turn on Cedar Mountain Thursday night, falling 300 to 400 feet in to a ravine.
"Speed does appear to be a factor in the accident," explained Funk. "And the victim was ejected from the vehicle."
Ferderber was a life long resident of Carbon County and was well known throughout the mining community for his knowledge and many years of experience. This experience included a project manager position at the US Steel Wash Plant, multiple underground mining jobs, teaching at several facilities including the College of Eastern Utah and most recently owning and operating Echo Industries.
"Our condolences go out to the family, we are very concerned about this event," said Funk via telephone on Monday. "This family is comprised of some great people. This is a real tragedy."
According to Funk, at this time the cause and circumstances surrounding the accident are still under investigation.