Tractor-trailer full of alfalfa tips over in St. George roundabout

ST. GEORGE — A semitractor-trailer tipped over in a roundabout in St. George Friday at rush hour, blocking one of the exits on the roundabout and slowing traffic.

A semitractor-trailer is tipped over in a roundabout at the intersection of Brigham Road and Pioneer Road in St. George, Utah, Oct. 12, 2018 | Photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

The semi, which was packed full of alfalfa, was traveling 20 mph around the large roundabout at the intersection of Brigham Road and Pioneer Road in St. George at about 5:20 p.m., St. George Police Sgt. Jeremy Needles said. Its tires hit the pavement on the middle of the roundabout, which caused it to tip over, he said.

“Twenty mph was clearly too fast for his load,” Needles said. “Because of the weight of the trailer and the speed that he was going around the corner, it caused him to roll over onto his right side.”

When the side of the semi smashed down onto the roadway, it shattered the windshield. The driver of the semi was uninjured and there were no other cars involved, Needles said.

The crash blocked one of the exits of the roundabout, causing traffic to slow down around the already-busy intersection. A crane and a heavy-duty wrecker were called in to remove the semi from the roadway, Needles said.

The St. George Fire Department also responded to the scene.

The map below shows the approximate location of the crash.

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