Crash impacts traffic on southbound I-15 in Virgin River Gorge

A man reportedly speeding on I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge lost control his car and became wedged under a tanker-trailer filled with gasoline, Mohave County, Arizona, Feb. 8, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Jamie Albrecht, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A vehicle crash shut down southbound traffic Interstate 15 at milepost 22 Friday afternoon, according to the Arizona Department Transportation.

The crash originally blocked the right lane, according to an alert from ADOT issued around after 2 p.m. MST Friday. The position of the crash was 4 miles north of the Cedar Pockets rest area.

ADOT reported over Twitter around 4:10 p.m. MST that both southbound lanes were now blocked. Shortly after a St. George News reader sent an email saying southbound I-15 was backed up to the Black Rock Exit at milepost 27.

The crash scene was cleared and both southbound lanes were reoponed by 5:15 p.m. MST, according to an ADOT Twitter post.

While additional information on the crash was not immediately available, a photo from a passerby submitted to St. George News shows a passenger car underneath the trailer of a semitractor.

It is unknown at this time if there are any injuries.

This is a developing story.

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