CEDAR CITY — A driver was arrested Wednesday afternoon following a rollover crash on northbound Interstate 15.
The incident, which concerned a black Toyota Avalon passenger sedan with two grownup occupants, occurred simply south of the New Concord exit at mile marker 42.
Utah Freeway Patrol Sgt. Joe Pastor informed Cedar Metropolis Information that at roughly 3:20 p.m., the 39-year-old male driver of the Toyota tried to make a lane change right into a lane that was already occupied by a semitractor-trailer.
“It made contact with a semi truck, in flip, forcing the automobile off to the suitable shoulder, the place it struck one other semi touring immediately in entrance of it,” Pastor stated.
The Toyota ended up rolling a number of occasions alongside the suitable shoulder earlier than coming to relaxation the other way up, Pastor added.
The Toyota driver sustained minor accidents equivalent to a couple of cuts and abrasions, whereas the 27-year-old feminine passenger was not injured, UHP reported.
On the scene, troopers investigated the Toyota driver for potential impairment.
“The motive force was subsequently arrested for driving below the affect,” Pastor stated. He stated the person was being taken to the hospital for medical clearance, after which he was anticipated to be booked into the Washington County Jail on suspicion of DUI.
The passenger within the Toyota was not detained nor cited, based on UHP.
The Toyota sustained heavy injury and was towed from the scene.
Pastor stated the injury to each of the semis was believed to be minimal. The primary semi driver might not have even been conscious that any contact was made, as they didn’t cease, he stated, including that the second semi, which had an oversize load of highway building tools, appeared to only have minor injury to a metallic help bar holding one of many rearmost mud flaps. That truck did cease on the Exit 42 off ramp and its crew remained on the scene.
Pastor stated the truth that each occupants of the Toyota had been sporting their seat belts helped allow them to stroll away from the crash with no severe accidents. Neither of the entrance airbags within the Toyota had been deployed, he added.
These responding to the scene included a number of UHP troopers, an Iron County Sheriff’s deputy, a Utah Division of Transportation incident supervisor and Gold Cross Ambulance personnel.
This report relies on info offered by regulation enforcement and should not include the complete scope of findings. Individuals arrested or charged are presumed harmless till discovered responsible in a court docket of regulation or as in any other case determined by a trier-of-fact.
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