WASHINGTON COUNTY – Shortly before 8 p.m. this evening an accident occurred on Interstate 15 at mile marker 14, north of the Washington Parkway exit, when a semi-truck traveling northbound in the left travel lane made lane changes that forced a Ford Explorer off the road into the median, and into a roll, severely injuring the Explorer’s driver.
Cpl. Todd Johnson of the Utah Highway Patrol said the semi was traveling in the left travel lane and moved to the center lane to allow traffic to pass. While some vehicles passed the semi safely, Johnson said the Ford Explorer was still coming up the left lane when the semi moved from the center lane, thereby forcing the Explorer into the median where it rolled several times.
The male driver of the Explorer was its only occupant and, though wearing a seat belt, he was severely injured and transported immediately for medical attention, ultimately by Life Flight to Las Vegas.
The driver of the semi was cited for unsafe lane change and for traveling in the left lane; semis are not permitted in the left lane when there are three or more lanes.
UPDATED 10 p.m. per fuller report from UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson.
Copyright St. George News, SaintGeorgeUtah.com LLC, 2012, all rights reserved.