Icy, foggy weather leads to 2 early morning accidents on state Route 389

A truck rests on its top after hitting ice on a bridge and flipping, Colorado City, Arizona, Dec. 19,. 2014 | Photo courtesy of Debi Groves, St. George News

COLORADO CITY, Arizona – The weather wreaked havoc for some motorists in Colorado City, Arizona, early Friday morning as a pickup truck flipped on an icy bridge and a semitruck slid off the road in foggy conditions.

Shortly before 8 a.m., a pickup truck traveling across a bridge on state Route 389 in Colorado City hit ice that had formed on the bridge and flipped, landing on its top on the side of the road.

A truck rests on its top after hitting ice on a bridge and flipping, Colorado City, Arizona, Dec. 19,. 2014 | Photo courtesy of Debi Groves, St. George News
A truck rests on its top after hitting ice on a bridge and flipping, Colorado City, Arizona, Dec. 19,. 2014 | Photo courtesy of Debi Groves, St. George News

Though the rest of the highway had been clear when the accident occurred, early morning frost had caused the ice to form, creating slick conditions.

“Bridges are famous for being icy when the rest of the roads aren’t,” Colorado City Fire Chief Kevin Barlow said.

One traffic lane was blocked while emergency responders attended to the accident, but passing vehicles were only halted for about two to three minutes while responders directed traffic around the incident.

Though there was significant damage to the truck and it had to be towed from the scene, the occupants of the vehicle were able to walk away unharmed.

“Thank goodness there were no injuries,” Barlow said.

Prior to that incident, in the earlier morning hours, a semitruck, also traveling on S.R. 389, was pulling a semitrailer. The semitruck was traveling in foggy conditions and ended up sliding off the highway into a steep pit, Raul Garcia, public information officer with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said.

Garcia said he wasn’t sure whether ice on the roadway also played a part in that incident, but the slide-off did appear to be weather-related, he said.

No injuries were reported, but the incident impacted traffic for a short time.

“The westbound lane was blocked for about 15 minutes until the tow truck came,” Garcia said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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10 Comments

  • U know December 19, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    go figure, they drive on that road like it’s the Indy 500 or Russian roulette game.
    They need to slow down, worse drivers in Washington county / Kane county.

    • My Evil Twin December 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Not to be picky, but 389 isn’t in either Washington or Kane Counties. It is in Mohave and Coconino Counties, in Arizona.
      Not that it matters though. The biggest danger out there are those dang plig contractors, driving like maniacs.

      • Not buying it December 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm

        Time is $ get the F— outa the way.

  • getting flooded December 20, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Was that cop for Washington county police out on a family drive again?

    • Kibblesnbits December 20, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Yawwwn old news move on

  • Excuse Me? December 20, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Do u frequently drive 389? I know I do. Have family in Kanab. I have seen quite a few people from Kanab and Fredonia who need to slow down but, the biggest majority are people from out of state. I have had some out of state people blow my doors off passing me and I was going 65mph which is the speed limit. They were going like 80. Totally pisses me off.

    • Not buying it December 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      If 80’s too fast for ya stay home.

    • Joe Smith December 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      uhm, if you don’t like it then leave? maybe?

    • My Evil Twin December 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      By out of state plates, you are undoubtedly talking about Arizona plates. I used to drive that highway every day. It is NOT a fun drive. And contractors driving pickup trucks and pulling utility trailers are the biggest problem out there.

  • IN THE GAME December 20, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Uncle Warren will protect them.

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