News short: Semi trailer tips onto its side, traffic lanes shut down

Semi carrying alfalfa tips on its side at the intersection of Bluff Street and Red Hills Parkway, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A semitrailer hauling alfalfa tipped on its side, shutting down one eastbound traffic lane on Red Hills Parkway and one right turning lane on Bluff Street Saturday.

Semi tipped at the intersection of Red Hills Parkway and Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Sindy Elamrani‎, St. George News
Semi tipped at the intersection of Red Hills Parkway and Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Sindy Elamrani‎, St. George News

At approximately 5 p.m., a blue semitrailer stacked with alfalfa was headed south on Bluff Street when it turned to head east on Red Hills Parkway. As it turned through the intersection, the load of alfalfa shifted, tipping the front tractor and head trailer onto their right sides while the rear trailer stayed on its wheels, St. George Police Sgt. Jeff Bahlmann said.

“Witnesses are saying speed may not be a factor; it just may be with the load shifting as the truck was making that turn that caused the trailer to tip over,” Bahlmann said. “We are still trying to determine the cause, if speed was the factor.”

St. George Fire Department personnel and police officers were on scene, and police  directed traffic around the accident. The right lane east of the intersection on Red Hills Parkway was shut down as well as the left turning lane on Bluff Street.

No injuries were reported and there were no citations issued as of publication time.

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

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4 Comments

  • Billion May 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    Funny, it looks like … was breaking the new distracted driver law by taking a picture while behind the wheel. 🙂 I won’t tell.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic May 17, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Courtesy photo, Billion. Looks like she is parked?

  • annie May 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    It’s called hay.

    • KanabCowgirl May 18, 2014 at 12:30 am

      There is more than one kind of hay. The hay we are used to around here is alfalfa. There’s also (if I remember correctly) Timothy and Red Clover. Probably more that I don’t know about or remember.

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