Semitrailer overturns on Bloomington roundabout

Moss semitrailer overturned on Bloomington roundabout, St. George, Utah, June 9, 2013 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – St. George emergency response agencies were dispatched to Bloomington this afternoon when a large Moss trucking semitrailer overturned on its side at the outside lane of the roundabout adjacent to Interstate 15 at the intersection of Pioneer and Brigham Roads.

Witnesses to the accident told St. George Police that the semitrailer was just creeping along, St. George Police Sgt. Curtis Spragg said, he was following the speed limit as he should.

“It sounds like his load shifted,” Spragg said.

The Moss trucking semitrailer was carrying a near full load of shrimp brine flakes – not fresh or refrigerated – when it overturned just prior to 12:53 p.m., the time the accident was called in to the St. George Communications Center.

The driver, an adult male, was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Spragg said, with no apparent injuries. There were no passengers accompanying him.

St. George Fire Department also responded to the scene; there was no combustion.

Bracken’s Auto Tech and Tires responded to remove and store the load and convey the semitrailer away. That effort was still in progress at 2:10 p.m.

Traffic around the circle was slowed but flowing.

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Moss semitrailer overturned on Bloomington roundabout, St. George, Utah, June 9, 2013 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News
Moss semitrailer overturned on Bloomington roundabout, St. George, Utah, June 9, 2013 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News


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  • zacii June 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Were there any citations issued?

    • Ken June 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Yeah citations man that’s what is important. They should take his license and give him 5 tickets right zacii? Truly astounding what priorities people have!

  • Mark June 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Yeah right. If you live in st. George you now damn well nobody drives speed limit specially on those roundabout’s. True or False.

  • Dan Lester June 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    One should be issued to the driver for excessive speed, or inattentive driving, or something like that. Of course he’s probably already lost his job for this one.

    • Big Don June 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Nah, let’s just take him out and hang him. Makes as much sense as telling the cops they should issue a citation when you have no idea what happened. Do you think there is just an outside chance that the cops might possibly know what they are doing, without your help?

      • Dan Lester June 9, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        Big Don, I don’t think we yet know whether citations have been or will be issued. But it certainly doesn’t take a police officer witnessing something to issue a citation. They will do whatever is appropriate, but I’m betting some sort of citation will be issued. I come from a trucking family and know a bit of what I’m talking about. And as noted, he probably already lost his job.

  • George June 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Great pictures. Thanks!

  • Shane June 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    “One should be issued to the driver for excessive speed, or inattentive driving, or something like that. Of course he’s probably already lost his job for this one.”

    Except that eyewitnesses on the scene issued statements that the driver was driving cautiously and slowly. But I guess that doesnt matter to people. Why stop at a citation? Lets hang the SOB in a public square. That oughta solve his problem with tipping over!!

  • Char June 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Witnesses say he was not speeding. What citations can they give him. The dept of transportation needs the citations for a stupid roundabout.

  • Dan June 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I dont believe he was speeding though.. just making the turn and the load shifted over far enough to continue tipping the trailer and truck over. Ohwell! Glad i could help the bracken auto tech crew get that load takeb care of

  • Dan Lester June 9, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    As noted above to Big Don, police will decide whether or not to cite him. But “speeding” isn’t just keeping within the posted limit (and since I drive that roundabout everyday, there’s no special sign for speed limit on it). But a legal 30 MPH on an urban street may not be safe on a roundabout, especially for a large semi. You can be cited for speeding on I-15 north of Cedar in the winter going 40 if it is all icy, as it is too fast for conditions.

  • L Scott Larsen June 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    A citation should be issued to the idiot that thought a round about would be a good idea at the bottom of an off-ramp. This is not the first truck to tip over, and it will not be the last, only a matter of time before one tips over and kills someone.

    • Dan Lester June 9, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      The truck did NOT tip over at the bottom of an off ramp. It was going around the roundabout, heading towards the underpass and truckstop. Plus, trucks should always be ready to come to a complete stop at an offramp, as they so often have a traffic light at the bottom, as at northbound exit 10 (going to Costco or Best Buy).

      • Seemore butts June 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm

        Dan Lester you should nickname yourself the human google cuz you seem to have all the answers to all the questions…or FOS for full of u can finish the rest

        • Dan Lester June 9, 2013 at 11:18 pm

          I only comment on topics where I have knowledge and experience. You won’t see me commenting on religion, rappers, or most other topics. And I certainly don’t troll like some people. And, most important, I use my real name and real picture instead of hiding behind “cute” fake names. And I certainly don’t need a high school kid to explain “FOS” or other things to me.

          • Big Don June 10, 2013 at 8:59 am

            You have neither “knowledge” or “experience” when it comes to this particular situation. No matter what you may THINK you know, unless you were driving the truck, you don’t KNOW exactly what happened. It well may be that an examination of the truck shows a defect that caused crash. But then maybe not. I wasn’t there, so I don’t know. But I do know that saying the driver should be cited, without knowing what happened, is not the brightest statement in the world.
            I’ve read a lot of your posts, and most of them seem to be right on. But this one, appears to be assuming a lot on your part.
            As for coming from a trucking family, that means nothing, and you know it. If you really knew trucking, you would know that all kinds of things happen.

          • argueman June 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm

            Dan Lester’s name should be(Cliff Clavin from that old show cheers)He really knows it all. And as fas as commenting on rappers I know you did that,Remember,”No clue why he is here,but Santa Clara is hardly on the way to guy that road is the old highway to Vegas! Man you got neurons misfiring in your head. Oh yeah I am just a friend of john doe’s. Dan lester lifetime member of (the peanut gallery).

  • Sandie June 10, 2013 at 1:18 am

    My husband is a truck driver and has been doing it over 30 yrs. These roundabouts are worthless. They are difficult to maneuver around. Loads shift very easily if those who load them doesn’t lock them in right. And then you have people who try to pass and all kinds of stupid things on these roundabouts. Why they put them in there is beyond me. The truck stop was there before the roundabouts. This exit should be having stop lights instead of what they did. Even the most experienced and safest drivers have issues with this intersection.

  • Mary June 10, 2013 at 7:50 am

    The roundabouts here are really just annoying. I understand that they put them up to help traffic flow but most people here cant’ figure out how to drive in them and it just causes chaos with people speeding through them or going in a circle five times or stopping in the middle to figure out where to go. They’re just chaos!

    • TM June 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm


  • Big Don June 10, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Statistics show that roundabouts are safer than traffic light controlled intersections, according to UDOT. And according to Mark Twain, there are lies, d****d lies and statistics.
    I remember the mess they had with traffic backing up onto the interstate when this intersection was controlled by traffic lights. The whole area of this interchange is a screw up, and it always has been. There needs to be a total realignment of streets in this area, to allow for free flow of traffic. Of course, because of the lack of planning here, it would now cost millions of dollars, and would mean many businesses would be taken out.

  • Dbroncos June 10, 2013 at 9:31 am

    So how many truck roll overs does this make now at this round a bout?

    • Dan Lester June 10, 2013 at 10:41 am

      I give up. How many does it take? And how many have there been since the latest re-working of the roundabout? Citations, please.

      • mark June 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm


  • Steamer June 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Wow! These are incredible pictures! They tell the whole story. STGnews is always the best at incident coverage. Keep up the good work!

  • mark June 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I learned man years ago a million things could of caused an accident–and only the driver knows–and he/she isn’t really sure.. it’s like a million will come out of a know it all’s mouth that knows nothing about the facts of the incident itself.–just cant figure out why they do that either.

    now my question –will a citation make the accident go away–what is the real reason for it–revenue?

    and no one even asked how driver was–they trusted a misprinted report on driver.

  • TM June 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm


  • AB June 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I wouldn’t wish a citation on the driver. That just adds insult to injury but any professional driver knows that the operator is responsible or load securement. Therefore, even if the cause is load shift the blame falls on the drivers shoulders.

    • My Evil Twin June 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      This is a real “Catch 22.” Yes, the driver is responsible for load securement. But there are times, actually quite a lot of times, when the driver picks up a preloaded trailer, that has already been “sealed,” by the shipper. The driver then has a conundrum. Does he break the seal to check the load securement, thereby placing both himself and his employer at risk, if there is something missing or damaged with the load, or does he hook to the trailer and pull it, without breaking the seal, which is what the trucking company, the shipper and the consignee all want.
      Anyone who has been an OTR driver, knows that breaking the seal is a no-no.

  • junk puncher June 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

    dan lester left sooo many messages.

  • ScottRAB June 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    The diameter of the west roundabout is kind of large. the larger the diameter the faster traffic can go and that is a problem.
    The FHWA has a video about modern roundabouts that is mostly accurate ( ).
    Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world. Visit for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts. Modern roundabouts, and the pedestrian refuge islands approaching them, are two of nine proven safety measures identified by the FHWA,
    The safety comes from the ‘slow and go’ operation instead of the ‘stop or go fast’ way a stop light works. The smaller size of the modern roundabout is what makes them safer and keeps speeds in the 20 mph range. This makes it much easier to avoid a crash or stop for pedestrians. It also means that if a crash happens the likelihood of injury is very low. Safety is the #1 reason there are over 3,000 modern roundabouts in the US today and many more on the way.

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