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.
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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