Utah Highway Patrol busy with three morning accidents, minor injuries

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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14 Comments

  • My Evil Twin March 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Why oh why are people too stupid to drive! Is this the Good Lord’s way of “thinning the heard?”

    • Middle School Teacher March 26, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Did you mean, “Why, oh, why are people too stupid to drive? Is this the good Lord’s way of thinning the herd?”

      • Randy March 26, 2014 at 7:52 pm

        The word” to” should have been used instead of the word “too.” Just thought since you were correcting people that you might want to know this. 🙂

        • Chris March 26, 2014 at 8:42 pm

          Try again Randy. “Too” was completely correct.

        • Brian Daniels March 26, 2014 at 10:26 pm

          Middle school teacher correctly used “too” and “to”. The use of “too” in their sentence is meant to be understood as “extra” or “excessively”. Please read…

          http://www.wikihow.com/Use-%22Too%22-and-%22To%22-Correctly

        • Char March 26, 2014 at 11:42 pm

          The word ‘too’ means also, excess. In this case it is meant for an excess of stupidity. They used it correctly.

      • Bub March 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm

        Uh oh, the spelling and grammar police have arrived…

      • My Evil Twin March 27, 2014 at 8:45 am

        Actually, Teach, I meant it exactly the way I posted it. The first sentence was an exclamation of amazement and sorrow. I will agree that the wording would indicate a question mark would have been more appropriate however. So, I stand corrected.

  • DB March 26, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    …And all that was before it started to rain! BTW, sorry but driving in St George is heaven on earth after doing the same for 25 years in Dallas.

    • Brian Daniels March 26, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. I hear so many people, in forums and while visiting in person, complain about Utah drivers, or St. George drivers, being the worst in the country… gimme a break. Polls released yearly that gauge the “worst drivers” in the country regularly mention nothing about Utah even near the top 10, much less St. George. After living in many large metro areas, like Dallas, I would have killed to have Las Vegas or SLC traffic! St. George traffic? A breeze…

  • cha cha March 26, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I agree with Randy… To instead of too. Also, the article in itself has many errors in the writing. The writer needs a lesson in grammar.

  • cha cha March 27, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Yes Bub, pretty sad when we can’t even comment on a subject without having someone correct or edit our comments. As far as driving goes- oh my! I grew up in SLC and I have to say a panic attack evolves from the driving up there. Then, I go to Cali over the weekend & almost have a heart attack watching the change in my husbands driving (very aggressive). Wow! Glad to be home back in good old southern Utah 🙂

  • DoubleTap March 27, 2014 at 8:19 am

    You born and bred locals don’t know what traffic is. If you all think this is traffic….I would like to see you drive in Los Angeles on a weekday at 5:00 pm on the freeways. You’d all freak.

    • DB March 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Been there, done that, I agree. The only bright spot is that if you are on a L.A. freeway at 5pm, you aren’t able to go fast enough to do much damage. As long as I’m here, “Middle School Teacher” is correct 🙂

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