Fallen debris on I-15 disables five cars near Brigham Road exit

Emergency personnel from Utah Highway Patrol and Utah Department of Transportation respond after debris fell from a truck on Interstate 15, St. George, Utah, Jan. 5, 2018 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Five cars sustained damaged rims and flat tires after running over debris that reportedly fell from a truck on Interstate 15 Friday afternoon.

Utah Highway Patrol responded to the incident at around 4 p.m. on northbound I-15 just ahead of the Exit 4 on-ramp.

Emergency personnel from Utah Highway Patrol and Utah Department of Transportation assist a driver with a flat tire after running over jagged debris on Interstate 15, St. George, Utah, Jan. 5, 2018 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

A woman driving in a passenger car told St. George News she saw what appeared to be chunks of concrete fall from a truck ahead of her. She ran over the debris, causing a blowout in her car’s tires.

In total, five cars that hit the debris became disabled and pulled to the side of the road, UHP Trooper Mike Murphy said.

Two of the cars’ rims sustained heavy damage, requiring the vehicles to be towed.

The other three cars had various flat tires. The Utah Department of Transportation arrived to provide assistance with the blown-out tires.

No injuries were reported.

The truck from which the debris fell did not stop, Murphy said. The truck and its driver were unable to be identified.

The debris was cleared from the road shortly after the incident, which appeared to be broken, jagged chunks of concrete.

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

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4 Comments

  • JOSH DALTON January 6, 2018 at 8:02 am

    5 cars??…more like 7. 2 of them are in my shop now! GO FALCONS!

  • justsaying January 6, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I guess they were all too busy doing something else other than driving to realize there was debris on the roadway.

  • Caveat_Emptor January 6, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I may be optimistic, but I would think that with all the traffic cameras focused on I-15, there has to be a record of this event at that time and specific location. If you travel along Telegraph, north of Washington Parkway, you are bound to see all sorts junk along the shoulder, and even in the slow lane, thanks to unsecured loads going to the dump……..The folks from the county jail make a periodic sweep with their inmates to get the worst stuff.

  • utahdiablo January 7, 2018 at 11:19 am

    First time on Utah Highways?……These Open bed POS truck drivers refuse to cover their loads because they can and will continue until they are cited enough to hurt their wallets…….ever have your windshield, paint, runied from flying rocks? ….Get on the Roads Highway Patrol, and make this stop, as it’s your job to keep us safe on the highway as motorists, not to cater to the home building greed factory

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