WASHINGTON CITY — A silver Toyota Corolla struck a wheelbarrow Friday morning while traveling southbound on Interstate 15 near the off-ramp to Washington Parkway.
On the way to work at approximately 8 a.m., a man was traveling southbound on I-15 near mile marker 13 in a red Toyota Tacoma that was pulling a trailer packed with landscaping equipment. At the same time, a silver Toyota Corolla, driven by a man also on his way to work, followed behind the truck about two car lengths back, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Grant Hintze said.
Just before the Washington Parkway Exit, a wheelbarrow tumbled off the trailer and into the road.
“If my back window wouldn’t have been open, I wouldn’t have known it fell out,” the driver of the Tacoma said. “But I heard it. It slid across the road and almost made it to the median. I wish it had.”
The two vehicles traveling directly behind the truck missed the wheelbarrow, but the silver Corolla did not have enough time to dodge it and rammed into it, Hintze said. The driver of the Corolla was able to maintain control and immediately pulled off at the Washington Parkway Exit.
“I pulled over and sprinted toward the car,” the driver of the Tacoma said.
The driver of the Corolla suffered shoulder and neck injuries but refused transport to the hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance.
The Corolla sustained minimal damage and the driver was able to drive away from the scene.
The driver of the Tacoma was cited for cargo loss.
UHP slowed southbound traffic from Exit 9 for about 10 minutes while Trooper Matthew Pratt took photos and retrieved the wheelbarrow from the side of the road.
“We get quite a few of these sort of accidents on the freeway where unsecured loads cause crashes — especially during holiday weekends when there is increased traffic,” Pratt said.
As a reminder, Pratt said those traveling during the holiday weekend need to remember to wear seat belts, drive appropriately for weather conditions, don’t drive drowsy, don’t drink and drive, properly secure loads and watch their speed.
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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