SOUTHERN UTAH – A FedEx semi pulling two trailers crashed on southbound Interstate 15 Friday afternoon, restricting highway travel to a single lane around mile post 38. The crash is one of many that were reported Friday afternoon due to slick road conditions.
Utah Highway Patrol Trooper James Curtis said the driver was changing lanes to avoid a previous crash along the roadway’s shoulder. While doing so the second trailer began to slide due to slick road conditions. The driver attempted to correct the problem, but the semi went into the cable barrier on the side of the road and one of the trailers rolled onto its side, blocking traffic.
One lane of travel has been opened up, though work crews remain in the process of clearing the accident as of 5 p.m. The FedEx driver was unharmed.
Another semi was reported to have slid off the highway between mile posts 40-42 around 4:40 p.m. The driver in this incident is also reported to be unharmed.
Multiple accidents occurred along I-15 between St. George and Cedar City Friday afternoon that the Utah Department of Transportation described as “fender benders.”
Overall conditions on I-15 past mile post 30 appear not to be the most favorable for travel at the moment. Motorists are advised to be patient and drive slow and safely on the interstate so as not to endanger themselves and others. The faster a vehicle goes in wet and snowy conditions, the longer it takes to stop.
Information regarding weather conditions and traffic updates can be found on UDOT’s CommuterLink website.
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