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Semitruck carrying cattle smashes car in southern Utah

Semitruck carrying cattle smashes car in southern Utah

(Mike Cole, St. George News)


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WASHINGTON COUNTY — Several cows were killed on Interstate 15 near Kanarraville early Monday morning after the semitruck they were being hauled in overturned. The trailer landed on a car in the next lane, leaving three occupants trapped inside.

Utah Highway Patrol responded to the crash near milepost 37 on I-15 at approximately 3:30 a.m.

The driver of the semi was southbound in the outside lane, while a Hyundai Sonata was next to it in the inside lane, UHP Sgt. Larry Mower said.

Dan Beneda, the semi driver, said he felt the trailer begin to move and thought it was either the wind or the cattle moving around. At that point, the semi rolled onto its side, smashing the Hyundai beneath it against the median concrete barrier.

Emergency personnel from New Harmony Fire and Rescue arrived on scene shortly after the incident to help three men trapped inside the Hyundai. Recognizing the potential gravity of the situation, the volunteer firefighters said they offered a prayer in support of the occupants.

A cow is moved from an overturned semitruck, Washington County, Utah, Dec. 18, 2017 (Photo: Mike Cole, St. George News)
A cow is moved from an overturned semitruck, Washington County, Utah, Dec. 18, 2017 (Photo: Mike Cole, St. George News)

The occupants remained stuck in the car for over an hour as crews worked to stabilize the semi to allow for safe extrication.

Dispatchers from the St. George 911 Communications Center stayed on the line with the occupants until responders managed to help them out.

To read the full story, visit St. George News.

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Joseph Witham

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