Semitrailer jack-knifes on I-15, lanes blocked

Semitrailer jack knifed on I-15 at mile post 37 during a snow storm. Black ridge area of I-15 in Washington County, Utah, Dec. 7, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

WASHINGTON COUNTY – A semitrailer traveling northbound on Interstate 15 Saturday during a snow storm  jack-knifed near mile post 37, the Black Ridge area of Washington County, at 2 p.m. Two lanes of the Interstate were closed off to traffic for about two hours.

The semitrailer was traveling in the far right lane, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lawrence Hopper said, when the man driving lost control and the vehicle hit the right barrier. That impact, he said, caused the trailer to jack-knife and block the other lane.

The semitrailer was conveying produce. There was no spill but the vehicle required towing, Hopper said.

The interstate has three northbound lanes at that section, the trooper said, so traffic could continue to flow around the accident. At the time of the incident, traffic was light, he said, so it was not having a major impact.

There were no injuries to the driver. No citations had been issued as this report is published, the investigation and clearing of the accident was yet in progress.

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Semitrailer jack knifed on I-15 at mile post 37 during a snow storm. Black ridge area of I-15 in Washington County, Utah, Dec. 7, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News
Semitrailer jack knifed on I-15 at mile post 37 during a snow storm. Black ridge area of I-15 in Washington County, Utah, Dec. 7, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

 

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4 Comments

  • Sarah December 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Glad no one was hurt!

  • Preston December 8, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Well these truck drivers and other people driving don’t care about the weather and they continue to drive fast in bad weather.

  • Ell December 8, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Your right. People need to drive slower for the conditions… but untill people stop buying gas, stop eating, wearing clothes,bring your mail, buying electronics and basically everything you have in your home.. then trucks will shut down…

  • Abba December 11, 2013 at 5:22 am

    The Police are sure out there when it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas or even New Years night with DUI check points, but I didn’t see more then 3 cars the whole night. I didn’t any City or State workers with a sand truck or a plow.

    This is one of the largest Governmental fails of the year, I have lived in snow areas for 25 yrs, I have never seen such a non responsive area to a snow storm in my life, between Arizona, Nevada and Utah. This was the best example that the Police and the Fire Departments, City and the States entities are the only to punish and fine and seek revenue, and when it comes to serving the People in a respectful manner they disappear and are non responsive.

    The only positive is that more people were not injured or Killed!

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