Fruit-filled semitrailer buckles on I-15

LEEDS – A segment of the right travel lane on southbound Interstate 15 through Leeds was shut down Tuesday morning as the Utah Highway Patrol dealt with a buckled semitrailer on the side of the roadway.

Shortly after 7 a.m., UHP troopers began receiving reports that a semi pulling a trailer had buckled on I-15. This caused the landing gear on the trailer, along with the belly of the trailer, to begin dragging on the road.

Buckled semitrailer on southbound I-15 near milepost 22, Leeds, Utah, Aug. 18, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Austin Prather, St. George News
Buckled semitrailer on southbound I-15 near milepost 22, Leeds, Utah, Aug. 18, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Austin Prather, St. George News

The driver was able to pull the rig off the road, onto the shoulder and out of the roadway .

“The driver did a pretty good job of pulling over to the side of the road,” UHP Sgt. Jake Hicks said.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident, and no injuries were reported in connection with the trailer’s collapse.

It was fortunate the trailer wasn’t carrying hazardous materials and didn’t break open on the roadway, Hicks said. The semi was carrying dried fruit.

The trailer’s buckling appears to have been just an accident, Hicks said, but he added that officials may yet determine whether the trailer might have been over its weight. Aside from that, there were no signs of possible impairment or improper travel on the part of the driver.

The trailer had to be towed from the scene.

A crew from the Utah Department of Transportation assisted with traffic control during the incident.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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7 Comments

  • ladybugavenger August 18, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Good thing the fruit is dried fruit! Whew! What a relief. Can’t bruise dried fruit

    • NotSoFast August 18, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Isn’t there a law concerning transporting any kind of fruits hiding in the back of a unmarked truck, (legal or not) through a family centered community? Wet or dried.
      Disclaimer: (not that there’s any thing wrong with wearing rainbow colored scarfs and G strings on the way to the Do Dah parade).

      • ladybugavenger August 18, 2015 at 5:52 pm

        In California there is a fruit checkpoint, its more secure than the Mexican border

        • ladybugavenger August 18, 2015 at 5:59 pm

          My racism is showing, Mexico border, not Mexican border.

  • Dexter August 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Dried fruit tweekers.!

  • indy-vfr August 18, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Looks as though the trailer may have had some bad cross-members and or frame rails and was never properly repaired? I’ve seen a lot of cobbled-up trailers over the years. Probably no brakes on top of it!

  • beentheredonethat August 19, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Brakes would be under, not on top. Lol

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