Semitractor-trailer rolls, blocks highway for over 5 hours

A semitractor-trailer rolled on Highway 89 Saturday, closing the highway for over five hours. Kane County, Utah, Nov. 12, 2016 | Photo courtesy of UHP Trooper Jared Cornia, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A semitractor-trailer rolled on Highway 89 at milepost 99 in Kane County Saturday morning. The crash blocked both lanes of the highway and cleanup took over five hours to complete.

“The driver swerved to miss some deer and overcorrected and then overturned the semi,” Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jared Cornia said. “He was hauling electronics.”

The crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Cornia said the highway wasn’t reopened until 2 p.m.

“It just took a long time to clean up, that’s why it took so long,” Cornia said.

The driver had minor injuries and was transported to Garfield Memorial Hospital in Panguitch.

Cornia said motorists on Highway 89 were detoured through Alton on Alton Road and Upper Alton Road while the highway was closed. No citations were issued.

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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