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HURRICANE, Washington County — A man was transported to the hospital in serious condition Wednesday morning after his SUV struck a delivery truck parked on the side of the freeway on-ramp, officials reported.
The man was driving south at close to 75 miles per hour in a GMC Sonoma when it drifted to the right and crashed into the truck, “nearly square in the rear bumper,” said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Jesse Williams in a statement.
The driver of the small box-style truck, which was full of ice, had stopped on the right shoulder of the I-15 on-ramp coming from the Hurricane/Zion National Park interchange at 6:01 a.m. to check the truck’s gate.
It was stopped close to the top of the ramp and main flow of I-15 and about four inches of its tires were in the travel lane, Williams said.
The vehicles didn’t move much after the crash, but the driver of the Sonoma was trapped. Firefighters were able to get the driver out and he was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by ambulance, Williams said.
A medical helicopter was initially called and then canceled by firefighters, Williams said.
The driver of the Sonoma sustained “extensive injuries,” but is expected to survive. He was not wearing a seatbelt, Williams said.
The truck driver was not injured, Williams said.
Lanes were closed and traffic was affected for about an hour in the area.