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ST. GEORGE — Utah Highway Patrol is asking engineers to assess a section of Interstate 15 just north of Leeds after eight semitrucks have rolled or slid off of the road over the past two weeks.
UHP Sgt. Jake Hicks told St. George News this many incidents is not normal but does seem to be following a pattern, which is concerning for UHP troopers. Most of the accidents have occurred near the Anderson Junction and Toquerville offramp of the I-15.
“It’s not normal to have this many crashes, especially with semitrucks, in this location,” he said. “This is uncommon, and I know it’s being looked into. We’re just like everyone else, we want to know why this is happening.”
UHP doesn’t engineer highways, Hicks said, but the organization is working with the Utah Department of Transportation to investigate the potential causes. The bottom line, he said, is that people need to slow down.
The latest two accidents involving semis in the general area took place right around the same time after 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
A semitractor hauling two trailers overturned at mile marker 33 near Pintura. The truck was overturned on the right shoulder but still effectively blocked the right-hand lane of the southbound I-15.