ST. GEORGE – A single-vehicle crash Wednesday morning left a truck on its side wedged against the box trailer it was pulling.
The accident was reported at 10:10 a.m. just north of the Ledges overpass on state Route 18 near mile marker 8, St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said.
The incident occurred when northbound traffic was stopped by a flagger due to road construction.
A 1999 white Dodge Ram 2500 driven by a 20-year-old man was traveling north on SR-18 pulling an empty 26-foot box trailer, Trombley said.
The driver saw that traffic had stopped but could not stop the vehicle in time and pulled to the right to avoid hitting a motorcyclist.
The truck went off the road, hit a bush and rock and then flipped on its side, Trombley said.
Both the truck and trailer were damaged and had to be towed from the scene, Trombley said, and the driver was reportedly uninjured.
The driver was cited for driving too fast for conditions, expired registration and a commercial vehicle medical card violation.
The truck combined with the trailer weigh more than 10,000 pounds and therefore required a Utah Department of Transportation number, Trombley said, and the driver should have had a medical card.
St. George Police, St. George Fire Department, Utah Highway Patrol, Utah Department of Transportation and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene.
The accident happened in an area where Utah Department of Transportation is working on a pavement preservation project which runs from milepost 6.3 to milepost 9.6.
Expected traffic impacts of the project include one lane of travel in each direction between mileposts 6 and 9 and alternating traffic between mileposts 9 and 10, according to the project website. The work is expected to be finished next week.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Ed. note: Corrected expected completion date of construction on SR-18.
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