Semitruck driver loses control, crashes on I-15

WASHINGTON CITY Northbound traffic was impeded on Interstate 15 in Washington City Tuesday morning after a semitruck blew a tire and crashed into a guardrail and concrete barrier.

Around 10 a.m., a man in his mid-40s lost control of his diesel truck when one of the tires blew, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Murphy said.

UHP responded to a semitruck that blew a tire heading north on I-15 in Washington City near mile post 12, July 21, 2015 | Photo by Jessica Tempfer, St. George News
Utah Highway Patrol responds to a semitruck that blew a tire heading north on I-15 in Washington City, Utah, July 21, 2015 | Photo by Jessica Tempfer, St. George News

The truck veered left, hit a cement barrier and slid down the guardrail, Murphy said. The truck came to a stop near milepost 12.

The truck had visible damage to its left side due to hitting the barrier. The guardrail caused damage to the semi’s trailer, ripping off a couple of the back tires.

The portion of the guardrail hit by the truck will need to be replaced, along with a couple of the posts that were knocked out during the incident.

The left lane of the freeway was closed for over a hour as responders attended to the accident, which caused traffic to back up.

The semitruck had to be towed from the scene.

Drowsy or distracted driving may have been a factor in the incident, Murphy said, but the investigation is still ongoing.

The driver of the truck reported no injuries, Murphy said, and no other cars or individuals were involved in the accident.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by Utah Highway Patrol and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Jerome July 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I wonder when officials will ever figure out that we need three lanes north bound, and three lanes southbound, through this area? One accident can shut down this major interstate with high traffic, but for some reason that’s not enough to add an addition lane. It’s amazing to me that we still have 2 lanes Northbound through St. George and Washington, but we can spend millions to make sure the Bluff Street/ Red Hill’s Parkway intersection doesn’t hinder the flow of traffic.

    • fun bag July 21, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      write the mayor, i’m sure he cares…

    • BIG GUY July 22, 2015 at 7:29 am

      UDOT has plans to add a third lane to I-15 between St. George Blvd. and Green Springs Drive, but not for several years. I wasn’t able to find information about a third lane farther north. Washington County got a lot of UDOT money over the last several years for interchange work at St. George Blvd. and Bluff St./Dixie Drive.

  • native born new mexican July 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I am so glad there were no injuries to anyone! I got stuck in the backup but I exited at the green springs exit and traveled on telegraph road instead.

  • Free Parking July 22, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Ok I’m a gonna write a letta to the mayah

  • ladybugavenger July 22, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Drowsy driving? I thought is tire blew, did that happen cuz he’s drowsy? …if he was drowsy I’m sure when the tire blew he woke up….but really, his tire blew how did drowsy driving or distracted driving become a factor?

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