WASHINGTON– Three vehicles were party to an accident that occurred on northbound Interstate 15 just north of mile marker 13 in Washington at 2:15 p.m. today. This was one of two accidents that occurred at the same time on I-15 today, unrelated.
Just north of the Washington Parkway overpass, where there are three lanes of northbound travel, a Chevy TrailBlazer was traveling behind a semitrailer in the outside slow lane when the driver of the TrailBlazer made a move to go around the semi, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Dan Ferguson said. The driver, not knowing there was a little red Mazda in the center lane, started to make his lane change, then spotted the little red Mazda and jerked back behind the semi.
But, Ferguson said, the TrailBlazer’s move “scared the 21-year-old” driver of the Mazda, who reacted and swerved to the left to avoid a collision. In doing so, Ferguson said he lost control of the Mazda and went off the road on the left side, over-steered and came back across the Interstate, crossing first the fast lane, then the middle lane and on into the tires of the semi yet traveling the slow lane. When the Mazda hit the tires of the semi, it knocked him back across the road like a ricochet into the center divider.
The driver of the TrailBlazer is originally from Wyoming but is currently a Washington city resident, Ferguson said.
“He stayed on scene, he knew what he did caused this, he assisted the officer,” Ferguson said of the driver of the Trail Blazer. “He did get a citation for unsafe lane change but the officer thanked him for sticking around, taking responsibility and dealing with it.”
The semitrailer carried a driver and co-driver, out of California.
“As far as I know, they were able to continue on,” Ferguson said of the semi after the scene was cleared.
The 21-year-old driver of the little red Mazda is from Hurricane and he was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center, Ferguson said. He suffered head, neck and back injuries, the extent of which are being assessed, he said, but they did not appear to be life threatening.
The little red Mazda was totaled and towed.
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