ST. GEORGE — The Utah Highway Patrol was busy Wednesday morning as it dealt with three accidents that occurred within a span of two hours.
“It’s been one hell of a morning said,” Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Danny Ferguson said.
The first accident happened at 7:08 a.m., when a Toyota truck was entering Interstate 15 northbound from the Brigham Road exit at mile post 4. The truck moved into the right lane and a gold Nissan came up behind him traveling in the fast lane. The Nissan was travelling quickly and changed lanes to be behind the Toyota . The Nissan smashed into the Toyota and knocked the Toyota into the cement barrier, causing the Toyota to roll over and block both northbound lanes. The driver of the truck was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center, but more for precautionary measures, Ferguson said.
When officers responded they were able to push the truck upright and open one lane. The northbound lanes of I-15 were completely shut down for about 15 minutes. A secondary accident occurred only minutes after the first as traffic slowed. About four cars had stopped after the accident and a gray 2012 Camaro was rear-ended by a PT Cruiser within 100 yards of the first crash. No one was injured in the accident and the driver of the PT Cruiser was cited.
The third accident of the morning happened also on northbound I-15, at mile post 22, at 8:36 a.m. A semi truck carrying three trailers was traveling through the construction area when the driver found his third trailer was having problems. The trailer began to dip and “whipped around on him and jerking back and across against both lanes. The trailer tipped and he dragged it for about 100 yards until he was able to stop,” Ferguson said.
The semi was blocking both the northbound lanes, but the construction company in the area was able to make a bypass lane fairly quickly, Ferguson said.
Around 10:30 a.m., the trailer was up-righted. The trailer was carrying batteries and the Leeds Area Fire Department responded to ensure that there was no danger regarding the fluid and hazardous materials. Leeds Fire was the first to respond and said there was no danger and HazMat was not needed.
The semi truck driver was cited for his trailer.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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