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ARIZONA STRIP – A rollover on northbound Interstate 15, near Arizona milepost 20.5, early Sunday afternoon backed up traffic for 15 miles and resulted in four additional collisions.
The rollover occurred around noon, approximately 2 miles north of Cedar Pocket, Arizona Highway Sgt. John T. Bottoms said.
The driver, 82-year-old James Hicks, of Riverton, and his 70-year-old passenger, Gloria Cardillo, of Littlefield, Arizona, were in a pickup truck pulling a travel trailer.
“The travel trailer began to sway and became separated from the truck, which caused the driver to lose control and both the truck and trailer rolled over,” Bottoms said. “The driver and passenger were both trapped and received assistance from passing motorists.”
While the driver was transported via ambulance, the passenger was transported via Mercy Air to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George where both were treated for their injuries and released, Bottoms said.
“As a result of this collision, traffic backed up at its worst 15 miles and four additional collisions occurred in the traffic back up,” Bottoms said.
Just before 1 p.m. Bottoms said a tow truck was on scene and trying to clear the roadway, and suggested motorists use Old Highway 91 as an alternate route.
At approximately 1:58 p.m., Bottoms said one lane of traffic was open. However, the tow truck company was having difficulty getting the vehicle loaded. The vehicle was falling apart and spilling its contents, he said.
“We were in the traffic from the accident that was in the Gorge today,” motorist Kellie Jourdain said in an email. “The truck that was pulling it was loaded on a tow truck and the windshield was pretty bad. Not sure what happened exactly but we were in traffic for a good hour.”
Another motorist, Zan Tree Stephens, said it took an hour and 45 minutes to get through the area.
Highway 91 as an alternate route bypasses the Gorge entirely, intersecting with I-15 at Littlefield, Arizona, to the south, and connecting to the City of Santa Clara to the north, and into St. George via Sunset Boulevard. See map inset.
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- To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit theADOT Traveler Information Center online. Travelers outside of Arizona needing to check road conditions may call 1-888-411-ROAD, or while in Arizona dial 511.
- More information about the I-15 Virgin River Gorge bridge projects is available on the ADOT website.
- ADOT: Virgin River Gorge bridge improvement schedule
- Road advisory: Old Highway 91 recommended as alternative to possible holiday weekend delays in gorge
- ADOT begins largest bridge reconstruction project in Virgin River Gorge, Bridge No. 6 on I-15
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