Box Elder highways see 5 crashes in under 3 hours Tuesday

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways July 7, 2016 11:49

Box Elder highways see 5 crashes in under 3 hours Tuesday


Freeways in Box Elder County saw five crashes — one involving a watermelon truck — in under three hours Tuesday, July 5, the Utah Highway Patrol says.

UHP Lt. Lee Perry said in a news release that the first crash happened at about 3 p.m., when a Dodge Grand Caravan was traveling south on Interstate 15 and the cargo carrier attached to its top came unsecured. To avoid hitting personal items that spilled from the carrier onto the interstate, a Chevrolet Trailblazer slowed and was hit by a Nissan Pathfinder, which was then hit by a Nissan Altima.

The Altima knocked the Pathfinder into the inside lane, causing a Dodge truck pulling a large camp trailer to hit it. The truck and trailer veered off the road to the right, going through a fence and landing in a ditch, Perry said.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, but the slow lane was blocked for about an hour.

At about 3:25 p.m., two more crashes — both involving three vehicles — happened on northbound I-15 near the 357 exit off-ramp, Perry said. The inside lane of the freeway was closed for about an hour while the people involved were checked by EMS personnel and crews cleared the road.

Perry said only one person was injured in the crashes and suffered minor injuries. The person was transported to the Brigham City Community Hospital by ambulance.

  • The fourth crash happened at about 3:40 p.m., when a semi traveling east on State Road 430 ran off the road at milepost 7 near Grouse Creek. Perry said it overturned and spilled watermelons onto the roadway.

The crash — and a whole lot of watermelons — blocked the entire roadway for about six hours while crews cleaned up the mess. Passenger cars were able to drive around the crash in the dirt, but heavy truck traffic was stopped until the road could be reopened.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital inTremonton, Perry said.

 The fifth crash happened at about 5:40 p.m., when a Honda Accord traveling too fast for heavy traffic on southbound I-15 attempted to slow down and swerve right to avoid hitting a Honda CRV that was also slowing down, Perry said.

Perry said the Accord sideswiped a semi in the slow lane and struck the CRV, setting up a chain reaction crash involving four other vehicles. Right lane traffic was blocked for about 30 minutes while two injured people were transported to an area hospital and authorities cleaned up the crash.

Southbound I-15 traffic was affected for over an hour, with back-ups almost to Perry’s port of entry at milepost 359, Perry said.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways July 7, 2016 11:49