Traffic advisory: 11-mile backup in Virgin River Gorge after 6-vehicle crash

Aftermath of a crash in the Virgin River Gorge, Mohave County, Arizona, Dec. 3, 2021 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire District, St. George News

MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. — Motorists on southbound Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge in Arizona are experiencing heavy delays Friday afternoon after a pileup crash slowed traffic to a crawl.

The crash involved six vehicles at approximately 10:40 a.m. MST near milepost 12. Trooper Tom Callister with the Arizona Department of Safety said the crash involved a wrong-way driver and a secondary collision occurred afterward.

Callister said traffic is now backed up “11 miles and growing” as of 1:30 p.m. He recommends drivers take Old Highway 91 through Utah as an alternate route.

Traffic was already expected to be heavier Friday as drivers head south for the PAC-12 championship game between University of Utah and Oregon State University.

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