Crash on southbound I-15 near Black Ridge causes ‘massive’ traffic issues

Traffic is backed up in the area of the Black Ridge Exit on southbound Interstate 15, Washington County, Utah, Aug. 26, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Hollie Reina, St. George News

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A crash on southbound Interstate 15 has caused major delays for motorists in Southern Utah Sunday afternoon.

The scene of a crash involving a camp trailer near the Black Ridge Exit on southbound Interstate 15, Washington County, Utah, Aug. 26, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Amanda Wilson, St. George News

Utah Highway Patrol responded to the crash involving a rolled trailer at mile marker 36 near the Black Ridge Exit at 1:34 p.m.

UHP Sgt. Brady Zaugg said no one involved was injured but the incident caused “massive traffic issues.”

“They’re going to take a while to clean up that mess,” Zaugg said.

According to the Utah Department of Transportation, the incident blocked both the inside and outside lanes in the area of the crash, causing a bottleneck through the shoulder lane.

UDOT reports that traffic backed up for six miles causing delays of two hours for some drivers.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, UDOT advises motorists use an alternate route if possible and expect delays of 15 minutes or more as congestion clears.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Carpe Diem August 27, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Two crashes that are very serious in one day, perhaps UHP needs to step up patrols. I-15 from here to SLC seems like a Mad Max run at times.

    • Anejo August 27, 2018 at 9:08 am

      That’s only part of it, in my humble opinion. It goes much further than the scope of the excellent UHP and spills over into the driving the standards that plague Utah article we discussed a few news cycles ago. I drive thousands of miles a month up and down the I-15 and watching the sheer volume of people driving recklessly from texting whilst driving to overtaking at 95 dragging a camp trailer followed by a boat! Just when I think I’ve seen it all a fellow Utahn will come along with a “Hold My Root Beer…”

      Basically, you can’t fix stupid. The skillset needed to acquire a driver’s license should actually require a skillset, to begin with.

  • LunchboxHero August 27, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Hey folks, maybe learn how to properly tow a trailer, yeah?

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