ST. GEORGE – A truck spilling bundles of insulation precipitated two rear-ending accidents on northbound Interstate 15 around 5:37 p.m. yesterday near milepost 10. Resulting injury to a child, investigation and cleanup shut down and slowed traffic flow for an hour and a half.
The string of events was precipitated by a Chevy Silverado losing several large bundles of insulation onto the northbound lanes of the highway. The 30-year-old driver, from Washington City, contacted the Utah Highway Patrol and has been cited for “spilling load.”
Within seconds of the spill, the nearly-simultaneous rear-end collisions occurred, UHP Cpl. Todd Johnson said.
The first involved a red Ford Explorer, driven by a 23-year-old woman from Washington city, slowing down to avoid the insulation on the highway. She was rear-ended by a Honda Accord, driven by a 20-year-old woman from Hurricane. The woman in the Explorer had two small children with her, one of who suffered possible injuries – a “go and get checked” kind of injury, Johnson said, there was no ambulance transport required. The Hurricane woman has been cited for “following too close” in her Honda.
The second of the collisions involved a white Mazda 626 driven by a 26-year-old woman from Lehi, with no passengers. She also slowed down to avoid the debris from the insulation spill. When she did, a red Vokswagen Beetle behind her veered to the left to avoid hitting her, but did collide with the left portion of the Mazda’s rear bumper, continuing on into the median where the Beetle struck the cable barrier.
The Beetle was driven 34-year-old man from Colorado Springs, Colo. He had three passengers with him, one of whom was a child suffering what the UHP report characterizes as an “incapacitating injury.” The boy was flown by Life Flight to a hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. Johnson said the child is going to be fine: “It was more precautionary because he was young and bumped his head pretty hard.”
No citations have yet been issued in connection with the Mazda-Beetle collision.
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