WASHINGTON CITY – A woman traveling on northbound Interstate 15 was sent to the hospital Wednesday evening after a pickup truck hit the back of her car and sent her off the roadway near the Washington Parkway exit.
At about 5:30 p.m., a woman driving in the right-hand lane was slowing down when her Toyota Corolla was rear-ended by a Dodge pickup near milepost 13. The impact crunched and caved in the back of the Corolla and sent the car off the roadway.
The woman driving the Dodge pickup told responding Utah Highway Patrol troopers that she had looked at her boyfriend in the passenger seat for a moment, then turned her attention back to the road and saw the Toyota was either stopped or slowing down, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Danny Ferguson said.
“You can tell by the tread marks here she did try to stop, but in a 75-mile-per-hour zone, I don’t think she was able to drop much speed,” Ferguson said.
The woman driving the Toyota was that car’s only occupant and was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center by ambulance. Ferguson said she was conscious, breathing and alert when she was transported.
The driver of the truck will receive a citation, Ferguson said.
“You can’t rear-end the car in front of you for any good reason,” he said, “and that’s a pretty good hit. She should have been paying more attention.”
If anyone had been in the back seat of the Toyota, there would have most likely been a fatality, Ferguson said.
Traffic on northbound I-15 was reduced to a crawl as the accident was attended to.
The Utah Highway Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington City Police and Fire departments and Utah Department of Transportation responded to the scene.
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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