3 rollovers in 3 hours impede traffic on I-15

IRON COUNTY – Utah Highway Patrol officers responded to a rollover at milepost 73 on I-15 Tuesday evening, south of Parowan. While officers were responding to that accident, a second rollover occurred a half-mile away. As the the second accident was being cleared, a third rollover occurred farther north on I-15.

At 6:07 p.m., a 60-foot cargo trailer and truck heading northbound rolled at milepost 73 on I-15. No significant injuries were reported, and no one was transported in that incident, UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said. While that accident was being attended to, however, another vehicle rolled at milepost 73.5.

“It’s about a half-mile to the north,” Royce said.

The second rollover occurred at 7:20 p.m. One of the two northbound lanes on I-15 was closed as a result of the accident and remained closed for about two hours. The Iron County Sheriff’s Department, Utah Highway Patrol and Parowan Police Department all responded to the accident.

A medical helicopter was put on standby in case of injuries but wasn’t ultimately called to the scene, Royce said. A wrecker was called to the scene shortly after 8 p.m., and as of 9:05 p.m. the accident had been cleared.

At 8:40 p.m., UHP was called to yet another rollover on I-15 at milepost 95, just south of the Beaver County line. At the third accident scene, a semitruck had rear-ended a Volkswagen van, causing it to roll multiple times.

“It was put out as an injury accident,” Royce said, “but unknown on injuries at this point.”

As of 9:25 p.m., no wreckers had yet been called to the scene of the third accident, and one southbound I-15 lane was closed.

Royce said the number of accidents on I-15 typically increases during the summer months, but Tuesday night’s activity – three rollovers within the same county within such a short time span – is unusual.

“I don’t know what’s going on up here tonight,” he said.

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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  • Bender July 22, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Vw bus. 50 hp of glacially rolling road blockage on a freeway.

  • My Evil Twin July 23, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Wouldn’t it be nice if people would learn to drive?

  • common sense July 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    “I don’t know what’s going on here” hmmm. could be something to do with new 80 mph speed limit and people driving over 90. Somehow people think that since the speed limit is 80 they can now drive like crap, tailgate, and not pay attention to what they are doing.

    • Thierry July 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      The VW was going 40 in a 80 mph zone just as it was getting dark. That accident was waiting to happen. Slow vehicles are as dangerous as fast ones. No one expects the slow vehicle to be there.

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