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ST. GEORGE — A driver on Interstate 15 in the Virgin River Gorge was fortunate to have escaped serious injury when he crashed into the back of a semitractor-trailer Tuesday night – a collision that destroyed the vehicle but left the driver with only superficial lacerations.
Shortly before 9 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to a crash on southbound I-15 at mile marker 22, about 4 miles north of the Cedar Pocket exit, involving a silver four-door passenger car that struck the back of a semi.
At the time of the crash, the passenger car was heading south when the driver lost control of the car and struck the rear of the semi, Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper Matthew Jenkins told St. George News. Following the impact, the passenger car spun off the interstate and ended up on the shoulder of the roadway.
When troopers arrived, they only found the extensively damaged silver car, but the semi was nowhere to be found. Jenkins said this was likely the result of the semi driver being unaware that anything, including a small passenger car, had struck the truck, so the driver continued south.
Capt. Debbie Gates with Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire and Ambulance told St. George News that the driver of the car climbed out and then made his way back to the interstate, where he walked for nearly a mile attempting to flag down help.