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Southbound I-15 reopens between Mona and Nephi in Juab County after multi-vehicle crash

By Jen Riess, KSL.com | Updated - Dec. 2, 2019 at 12:11 a.m. | Posted - Dec. 1, 2019 at 8:38 p.m.


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MONA, Juab County — Southbound I-15 reopened between Mona and Nephi in Juab County after a crash involving multiple vehicles temporarily closed lanes Sunday evening.

A 2008 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling northbound shortly before 8 p.m. when the driver lost control and went over the median causing them to hit a 2015 Audi traveling southbound, according to a news release from the Utah Department of Public Safety. The Malibu split into two pieces on impact.

"Most of the right side of the Malibu came to rest in the median," read the DPS statement. "The left half that contained the restrained driver, flew across the southbound lanes and rolled over the top of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata."

Most of the injuries were sustained by the occupants of the Audi and Malibu, according to the news release. The injuries are serious but not considered life-threatening, according to Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Brady Zaugg.

A 2015 BMW was also moderately damaged by flying debris, but no injuries were reported from the occupants of that vehicle or the two females in the Sonata, according to the news release.

Drugs and alcohol are not considered to be a factor In the crash, but speed "is definitely a factor in the crash,” according to the news release.

Southbound lanes reopened just after 9 p.m.

Editor's note: This article previously said the Audi split into two pieces on impact. It has since been corrected to indicate the Malibu split into two pieces instead.

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