WASHINGTON COUNTY — A vacation weekend ended badly for a St. George family Sunday when a gust of wind detached a camping trailer and a utility trailer from behind their truck, causing the trailers to roll and become virtual destroyed on southbound Interstate 15 between milepost 33 and 34.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers were in the process of searching for a different reported collision when they received a call just after 3 p.m. about the truck and trailers in the median, UHP Trooper Taj Eldredge said.
The family said a gust of wind had sent the two trailers swerving, Eldredge said. When the driver tried to bring the trailers under control, they separated from the truck’s hitch.
While the camping trailer was destroyed, only minor damage was reported to the truck itself as well as an ATV that was being towed behind the camping trailer on a utility trailer.
The family was busy trying to salvage their belongings out of the camping trailer, loading the bed of the truck with what they had removed from the destroyed trailer. The damaged ATV was placed on another vehicle for transport back to St. George.
No injuries were reported as a result of the crash, Eldredge said.
The left freeway lane was blocked for some time until workers could move the debris from the wreck into the median. Southbound traffic along I-15 was slowed for about 45 minutes.
Utah Highway Patrol troopers responded to the scene, as well as Leeds Fire and Rescue and Utah Department of Transportation.
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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