Semi forces car off I-15, leaves scene

A damaged guardrail on I-15 where a vehicle spun into it, St. George, Utah, May 21, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A woman took a very scary ride Thursday evening on southbound Interstate 15 in St. George when a semitrailer she was passing moved into her lane and forced her off the road.

The accident happened between the St. George Boulevard exit and the Bluff Street exit at about 6:30 p.m., Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Grant Hintze said.

An accident on I-15 damaged a car, but did not injure the driver, St. George, Utah, Thursday, May 21, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
Accident on Interstate 15, St. George, Utah, May 21, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

The red Chrysler the woman was driving was in the left lane passing a semitrailer when the semitrailer began moving over into her lane, Hintze said. The trailer forced the woman’s vehicle into the dirt median, where it traveled about 150 to 200 feet before spinning around, crashing into a guardrail and spinning back into the roadway, Hintze said.

Both southbound lanes were initially blocked, but Hintze said a passerby stopped to help and was able to assist in getting the Chrysler out of the right lane.

Traffic was slowed to one lane of travel for about 20 minutes while officials cleared the road, which caused a backup that extended over a mile.

The driver of the Chrysler was shaken up but uninjured, Hintze said.

The semitrailer did not stop at the scene, he said, but was pulled over at the port of entry, where the driver was detained by troopers until he could be questioned.

Hintze said the semitrailer and the Chrysler did not make contact, but reports are conflicting as to what actually transpired. Hintze said the truck driver will probably be cited for failure to maintain his lane of travel.

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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