2 accidents slow southbound I-15 traffic to a crawl; STGnews Videocast

WASHINGTON CITY – Travel on southbound Interstate 15 became a snail crawl after a pair of accidents occurred between mileposts 14 and 15 Saturday afternoon.

Just after 4:30 p.m., a white pickup hauling a mini-excavator on southbound I-15 went off the road and into the median near milepost 14 after a tire on the trailer carrying the load blew out, causing the driver to lose control, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Grant Hintze said.

“It took out some cable barrier and damaged both the truck and trailer, but there were no injuries – just state property and the individual’s truck were damaged,” Hintze said.

The mini-excavator fell out of the trailer during the crash and landed on its side in the median, though it was eventually righted by responders.

“The only thing that really survived was the (mini-excavator),” Hintze said.

Both the truck and trailer had to be towed away.

Two men and a 10-year-old boy were in the truck when it crashed. Hintze said none of them were injured and all were wearing seat belts.

The driver of the truck was cited for issues related to his driver’s license, the trooper said.

While Hintze tended to the accident at milepost 14, another accident happened at southbound I-15, just south of Exit 16.

As the UHP and units from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were preparing to close one of the southbound lanes ahead of the milepost 14 crash, a two-car accident occurred nearby that rendered both cars inoperable and required them to be towed.

Though UHP officials said the accident was minor and no injuries were reported, it nonetheless tied up southbound traffic until about 6 p.m., when the scene was eventually cleared.

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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