WASHINGTON CITY – Two accidents occurred back to back Saturday afternoon on northbound Interstate 15 at mile marker 11, 1 mile north of the Washington City exit, after a red truck cut off two vehicles.
Just before 5 p.m., a woman driving a blue car and a woman driving a white SUV were traveling northbound on I-15 behind a motorhome. As the car and SUV neared mile marker 11, a red truck came up too quickly behind the motorhome and cut the two vehicles off, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Danny Ferguson said.
The blue car and the SUV spun out across the slow lane and came to rest on the right side of the road. The red truck continued traveling northbound, and an attempt to locate has been sent out, Ferguson said.
The driver of the blue car, Brooklyn Barton, of Kanab, said the red truck came up and bumped into her.
“I started spinning and it wouldn’t stop,” Barton said. “I’m dizzy. When I finally stopped I started crying and called my mom.”
A blue van and a silver Honda pulled off the road to see if they could render aid to the passengers of the vehicles involved in the accident, followed by a Washington City Police officer who was in close proximity to the accident. The police officer had just gotten out of his patrol car when, within seconds, a white truck driven by a man came up and rear-ended the patrol car, bumping it forward into the silver Honda, Ferguson said.
“It was a good thing the officer was out of the car,” Ferguson said.
The white truck flipped over the top of the patrol car and continued to roll, landing on its wheels in the center of the two lanes facing oncoming traffic.
“I was standing here and saw the truck crash into the police car, and then the truck rolled,” Barton said. “All the glass and pieces were flying at me and one of the EMT guys told me to get behind the barricade, so I jumped behind it.”
The man driving the white truck said he entered the freeway and saw the police car but it didn’t click that the police car was stopped, Ferguson said. He looked right to merge into the left lane and, as he looked back, he was already crashing into the police car, he said.
Both lanes of northbound traffic were blocked as a result of the accidents and northbound travel was diverted to one lane, which went off to the left side of the left lane. At 6:30 p.m., an hour-and-a-half later, both northbound lanes and the Green Springs Drive freeway on-ramp were reopened.
The woman driving the SUV was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center.
The white SUV, white truck and the Washington City Police car had to be towed.
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