NEWS - "Loaded semi tips, driver pinned"


The driver of this semi had to be extricated after his rig hit a parked car and then tipped at MM 391 Monday night. Photo courtesy Garland Fire Department.

PORTAGE - By Ellen Cook, Headliner Media Specialist, January 3, 2022


The driver of a semi hauling ice melt suffered injuries Monday night, January 3, when his vehicle drifted off I-15, hit a parked car and then tipped over, spilling the trailer content.


The accident happened just before 7 p.m., at MM 391, according to Corporal Jack Jessop with Utah Highway Patrol. The driver, 54, was northbound when he left the freeway and struck the abandoned vehicle. The owner of that vehicle had left the area earlier to get a replacement tire for one that had gone flat, so was not inside or onsite when the accident occurred.

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The driver of this vehicle had left to get a new tire and was not at the scene when it was hit by a semi. Photo courtesy Utah Highway Patrol

The impact caused the semi to toppled onto its side, pinning the driver. Portage EMTs and Plymouth ambulance responded to the scene. Garland was called to help with extrication.


Because the driver had been trapped for a prolonged period, a medical helicopter was requested as a precaution, but crews were able to free the man. He was transported to Bear River Valley Hospital and later flown to another hospital.

The impact caused the trailer to split open, spilling its contents, pallets of ice melt. Photo courtesy of Garland Fire Department

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