Cove Fort, UT – Deadly Collision With Semi on Interstate 15Utah Legal News
Cove Fort, UT (March 31, 2019) – A late-night traffic accident was reported on Thursday, March 28th on Interstate 15 just a little bit south of Cove Fort in Beaver County just before 11:30 pm.
Utah Highway Patrol Officer and emergency responders rushed to the scene of the crash which involved a Kia Optima colliding with a semi-truck that was transporting pigs. The disaster resulted in I-15 being shut down for several hours. The right-hand lane of traffic remained closed off until 9:00 the following morning.
Initial remarks from Utah Highway Patrol officers indicate that the semi-truck was traveling southbound on I-15 when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and swerved across the interstate, onto the opposite side of the roadway where it slammed into the Kia. The force of the truck’s impact pushed the Kia off the shoulder of the road and down a 100-foot drop-off into a ravine.
The driver of the Kia, whose identity has not yet been released, is believed to have died upon the initial impact with the semi-truck and emergency rescuers scaled the face of the steep embankment in order to get to the victim. The driver of the truck, whose name has also not been made public, is reportedly unharmed.
No formal cause for this accident has been announced but at this point, UHP officials suspect that driver fatigue or even driver illness may have been the cause of the accident. There is no word on what happened to the pigs.
We offer our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the woman who lost her life in this tragic accident.
Semi-Truck Collisions in Cove Fort
Semi-truck accidents are one of the most dangerous types of accidents that Utah drivers encounter. Every year thousands of people are hospitalized with catastrophic, life-altering injuries as the result of a collision with a semi. People who drive commercial vehicles are beholden to a strict set of rules and regulations that are designed to keep our roadways as safe as possible but due to tight deadlines and long distances and a variety of other reasons, truck drivers are still involved in traffic accidents.
When someone has been injured in an accident that involved a semi-truck, the smartest thing for them to do is to reach out to a qualified semi-truck accident attorney here in Utah. A reputable attorney from Siegfried & Jensen will be able to help with their legal claims so that the victim is able to receive financial compensation for any damages that they have suffered.
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