Log truck loses load; blocks on ramp and off ramp in Cedar City

Log truck spills load blocking northbound on and off ramps, Exit 59 Interstate 15, Cedar City, Utah, July 15, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller

CEDAR CITY — A load of logs on their way to Parowan broke free from the semi-trailer hauling them early Friday morning landing in the middle of the on and off ramps to Interstate 15 at Exit 59 in Cedar City.

Log truck spills load blocking northbound on and off ramps, Exit 59 Interstate 15, Cedar City, Utah, July 15, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol
Log truck spills load blocking northbound on and off ramps, Exit 59 Interstate 15, Cedar City, Utah, July 15, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol

The incident occurred at about 8:23 a.m. when a metal sidebar failed as the rig was turning to enter the Interstate, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Bairett said.

It was the rear load that failed.

“It broke away from the other trailer,” he said, “and (the driver) just pulled (his rig) up the road and around the bend a little bit.”

The motion of the turn combined with weight of the load dropping, caused the rear trailer to flip on its side, partially blocking the northbound on and off ramps.

The driver pulled the first trailer that remained attached to the rig away from the scene and parked it where it would not block traffic.  

“The trailer and logs were removed from the roadway as quickly as possible,” Bairett said in an email, “and traffic was, for the most part, unaffected.”

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