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Truck carrying cattle rolls on I-15 near US 6

By Amanda Taylor and Ashley Kewish | Posted - Jun 20th, 2014 @ 10:27pm

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SPANISH FORK — A semitruck hauling cattle rolled on I-15 Friday afternoon.

The truck overturned on southbound I-15 heading east toward Highway 6. Police said there were 78 head of cattle in the trailer. At least three died and several more were injured. The driver of the truck was shaken up but was doing well and did not go to a hospital.

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper happened to be on the side of the road at the time for another incident and was able to respond immediately. Heavy machinery was brought in to cut into the semi and rescue the cattle.

According to police, the truck was driving faster than the recommended 30 mph.

All lanes were opened on the southbound I-15 ramp to U.S. 6 and westbound U.S. 6 to southbound I-15 by 6:30 p.m. after police moved the truck from the road.

The spot where the truck overturned was a problem because it is a sharp curve, according to UDOT. UDOT put extra signs and flashing warning lights to warn drivers are coming to a sharp curve.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.


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