Fishing trip foiled after driver of pickup pulling trailer crashes on I-15

Scene of a rollover involving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup pulling a utility trailer on Interstate 15 near mile marker 46, Iron County, Utah, June 7, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

IRON COUNTY — A driver escaped serious injury after the utility trailer his pickup truck was pulling fishtailed out of control on Interstate 15 Friday morning, causing the vehicle to crash.  

Scene of a rollover involving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup pulling a utility trailer on Interstate 15 near mile marker 46, Iron County, Utah, June 7, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Bairett said the incident occurred shortly after 8 a.m. near milepost 46 on northbound I-15.

The driver of a silver Chevrolet Silverado was in the left lane and starting to pass a semitractor-trailer when the enclosed utility trailer being pulled by the pickup started to sway back and forth, Bairett said.

“As he started to pass the semi, his trailer started whipping and just got out of control. He sideswiped the semi, then lost control, went off into the median and rolled over,” Bairett said.

The pickup ended up upside down and heavily damaged in the median, its trailer on its side and entangled amid the wires and posts of the barriers alongside the road.

Bairett said the pickup’s driver was able to get himself out of the vehicle on his own, and that the man reported no injuries. No one else was inside the vehicle, Bairett added.

“The driver of the truck’s just fine. He’s walking around and we’ve got him filling out a statement,” he said.

Scene of a rollover involving a Chevrolet Silverado pickup pulling a utility trailer on Interstate 15 near mile marker 46, Iron County, Utah, June 7, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

The Silverado and its trailer were both destroyed and needed to be towed from the scene. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle was strapped down inside the trailer, but the extent of damage to the bike was not immediately clear. The pickup driver told Cedar City News he had been on his way to go fishing.

Meanwhile, the trailer attached to the semi sustained minor damage. The driver of the semi pulled over a short distance up the road and remained at the scene.

In addition to UHP troopers, Iron County Sheriff’s deputies also responded, as did firefighters from Cedar City Fire Department, who assisted with the cleanup. Northbound traffic on the interstate was restricted to a single lane for about an hour while the scene was cleared.

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

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