WASHINGTON COUNTY — A woman was injured in a rollover Monday evening after the trailer she was hauling behind her pickup truck fishtailed out of control on southbound Interstate 15.
Emergency personnel responded to the rollover involving a 2010 Toyota Tundra pulling a travel trailer north of Exit 13 on I-15 at 6:08 p.m.
The crash occurred shortly after the driver changed lanes, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Adams said.
“She felt the back end of the trailer start to pull around and subsequently fishtailed, causing the trailer and truck to spin in traffic across both lanes of travel,” Adams said.
At that point, the truck went off the road on the outside shoulder, causing the trailer to become unhinged. The truck and trailer then both rolled, Adams said, with the truck landing on its side in the dirt near an embankment on the shoulder of the road and the trailer coming to rest on its side in the outside lane, blocking traffic.
Responders from Washington City Fire Department arrived on scene and extricated the woman from the truck. Her pet dog was also in the truck and was uninjured.
The woman was able to stand on her own after getting out of the truck, Adams said. She was transported by an ambulance from Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
Adams said her injuries appeared to be “very minor” and that she was discharged from the hospital not long after receiving treatment, noting that she was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.
Speed did not appear to be a factor in the crash, according to witness statement, Adams said.
“There will be no citations issued at this time,” he said.
The pickup sustained heavy damage, with a crunched frame and bed. Both the truck and the trailer were turned upright by a team of three wreckers before being towed away.
The crash caused the outside lane of traffic to be blocked for about 1 ½ hours. Both lanes were intermittently closed as responders and wreckers tended to the scene, leading to delays of 15 minutes or more for motorists through the area.
A minor crash involving a semitractor and a passenger car occurred just north of the rollover as traffic was slowing behind it. No one was injured and the damage to either vehicle was minimal.
The incidents involved a multiagency response with responders from Washington City Fire Department, Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue, Utah Highway Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Utah Department of Transportation.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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