Motorist plows into UHP vehicle; 2 subsequent accidents result

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was involved in a collision at Interstate 15 mile marker 9 near the Green Springs Drive Exit, Washington City, Utah, Nov. 28, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A Utah Highway Patrol vehicle was struck by a truck Friday afternoon on Interstate 15, and the resulting traffic congestion led to two subsequent accidents further down the interstate.

A Utah Highway Patrol Trooper was involved in a collision at Interstate 15 mile marker 9 near the Green Springs Drive Exit, Washington City, Utah, Nov. 28, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was involved in a collision at Interstate 15 mile marker 9 near the Green Springs Drive Exit, Washington City, Utah, Nov. 28, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

At approximately 2:30 p.m., UHP Sgt. Danny Ferguson responded to a call concerning debris in the roadway at milepost 9 on southbound I-15, UHP Lt. Shawn Hinton said. Ferguson pulled over into the emergency lane and turned his lights on. He was outside of his vehicle and waiting for a break in traffic so he could get the debris – a box of lighting equipment – out of the road.

An adult male driving a white pickup truck hauling a trailer failed to notice that traffic was slowing for Ferguson. The driver “dynamited his brakes” to avoid the slowing cars, Hinton said, and ended up skidding into the back of Ferguson’s parked patrol car.

“Fortunately, Ferguson was paying attention and was able to get out of the way,” Hinton said.

If the sergeant had had his back turned to the oncoming truck at the time, it would’ve been a whole different story, he said.

After hitting Ferguson’s car, the truck and trailer ran off the road and came to a stop on an embankment just before the fence that separates the interstate from Red Hills Parkway.

Traffic on southbound I-15 was temporarily blocked as UHP and other agencies responded to the scene. Traffic along Red Hills Parkway also slowed in places as motorists gawked at the accident.

Neither Ferguson nor the driver of the truck were hurt, Hinton said.

Investigation into the incident was handed over to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. WCSO Sgt. Dave Crouse said the driver of the truck was a 59-year-old St. George resident who was given a citation for improper lane travel.

Two other accidents, a three-car accident at milepost 10 and a two-car accident at milepost 12, resulted from the congestion created by the original incident, Crouse said. No injuries were reported in connection with those two accidents.

Hinton said the accident needs to serve as a reminder to motorists to slow down and move over to the next lane when they see an emergency vehicle pulled over, as is required by law. The same applies when motorists see Utah Department of Transportation vehicles pulled over, he said.

A Utah Highway Patrol Trooper was involved in a collision at Interstate 15 mile marker 9 near the Green Springs Drive Exit, Washington City, Utah, Nov. 28, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was involved in a collision at Interstate 15 mile marker 9 near the Green Springs Drive Exit, Washington City, Utah, Nov. 28, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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16 Comments

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP November 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    A slowing of traffic resulting in 3 separate incidents? Utah really does have horrible drivers…

  • Koolaid November 28, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Do I hear Banjos playing in Dixie?

    • Zonkerb November 29, 2014 at 1:52 am

      Better get you dog inside where it’s safe

      • ZONKERB November 29, 2014 at 7:55 am

        And for all you idiots out there, that means I am on the prowl….

  • My Evil Twin November 28, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    To the 59 year old IDIOT driving the pickup truck. Remove head from rectum before driving. I hope you are proud of yourself! You could have caused any number of people to die, because of your stupidity.

    • Zonkerb November 29, 2014 at 1:50 am

      You called somebody an idiot… takes one to know one

  • groanattack November 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Skip the high priced amusement park rides. Just drive around the streets of St. George for those A puckering thrills.

  • jason November 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Why are there so many IDIOTS crashing?

    • Zonkerb November 29, 2014 at 1:48 am

      Jason thats easy they have people like evil twin driving

  • carl November 29, 2014 at 6:36 am

    The remarkable irony of the whole thing, is notice the guy hit the UHP car right next to the sign telling him to slow down , and move over for emergency vehicles. EPIC!

    • RevWillieG November 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

      You’re assuming the guy would read what the sign said.

      • Koolaid November 30, 2014 at 8:24 am

        Maybe the sign wasn’t spelled slow enough for him to read.

  • groanattack November 29, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Does bringing the attention of idiotic to an idiot’s attention actually register?

    • My Evil Twin December 1, 2014 at 8:30 am

      You are right, most likely it doesn’t. You see, those of us who are secure in our idiocy have learned to deal with it many years ago. 🙂 And we seldom care what other idiots thing. 😉

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP November 29, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    “Motorist plows into…” You could title nearly every article on the site with that opening statement 🙂

  • koolaid November 30, 2014 at 5:37 am

    What did the truck say to the trailer? “Follow me!”

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