Truck pulling 20-foot trailer loses its cargo while spinning out of control on I-15

WASHINGTON COUNTY – A truck pulling a 20-foot trailer lost control on Interstate 15 Sunday evening, spilling debris across the right two lanes of travel. The trailer tipped as it spun around, ripping the rear of the trailer before eventually landing in a ditch on the right-hand side of the freeway.

The Dodge truck was traveling north on I-15 near milepost 30 around 5 p.m. when the driver began to lose control, spinning the truck and trailer 180 degrees before landing in the ditch facing the wrong direction, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Grant Hintze said.

The crash was directly related to a cargo issue where the heaviest items were packed near the rear of the trailer, Hintze said.

The unbalanced weight in the rear spun the truck and trailer around violently, overturning it before ripping it apart.

The man driving the truck was in the process of relocating to an area just north of St. George and the debris and items strewn along the freeway included appliances and household items for his new home.

No injuries were reported, Hintze said. Two Doberman Pinschers riding inside the cab of the truck at the time of the crash were startled but uninjured.

Two northbound right-hand lanes of I-15 were completely closed for approximately three hours, causing long traffic delays.

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah Department of Transportation and St. George Fire Department responded to the scene.

As this report is published, no citations have been issued.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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5 Comments

  • Common Sense November 2, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Pulling a load can be dangerous….perhaps there should be a load safety endorsement on our licenses. I would think pulling a “balanced load” would be a no brainer.

  • fun bag November 2, 2015 at 10:22 am

    THIS WAS CAUSED BY GOING TO SLOW OF A SPEED. HE WAS PROBABLY GOING BELOW 90MPH, WHICH IS NOT SAFE AT ALL. INCREASED SPEED TO 95-100 IS ALWAYS MUCH MUCH SAFER, ESP WITH A BIG TRAILER. REMEMBER: HIGHER SPEEDS ARE ALWAYS ALWAYS SAFER. SPEED LIMIT SHOULD BE CHANGED FROM 80 TO THE VERY LEAST 100. TRUST ME

    • Muffin Man November 2, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Crashing while pulling a trailer can be avoided if you don’t use caps lock cruise control.

      Jesus christ bud.

  • .... November 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Just glad no one was hurt. live and learn on this one.!

  • htown November 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Two doberman’s in the cab, where they in the front and unsecured, just saying.

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