WASHINGTON CITY — A man was injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 15 Thursday morning after swerving to avoid a ladder in the road. The accident happened at around 8:43 a.m. in the northbound lane, about a quarter mile before the State Street exit to Hurricane.
Utah Highway Patrol, Washington City Fire Department, and Gold Cross Ambulance Service responded to the accident where fire crews worked to extricate the sole occupant of the vehicle.
“A ladder was in the lane of travel,” UHP Trooper Lars Gardner said. “The driver said he swerved to miss it. He’s not sure whether he hit it or not.”
According to emergency radio communications, dispatchers at the St. George Communications Center had received a complaint about the stray ladder and had dispatched a unit to clear it from the road just minutes before the accident occurred.
The driver of the truck sustained injuries in the accident, which appeared to have crushed the entire cab of the pickup.
“The injuries don’t appear to be critical,” Gardner said. “He was extremely lucky.”
The driver, who was not cited in the accident, was extricated from the truck and transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center.
There were no identifying marks on the ladder to indicate to whom it belonged, Gardner said, people should be very careful when transporting cargo on the highway.
“Strap your stuff down,” Gardner said. “Whatever it is you are putting in or on your vehicle, strap it down.”
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