Crash after crash after crash on I-15 near Willard

Jul 14 2012 - 12:22am

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Emergency medical crews attend to accident victims on Interstate 15 near Willard on Friday. That area saw three accidents that day. (NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner)
Emergency medical crews attend to accident victims on Interstate 15 near Willard on Friday. That area saw three accidents that day. (NICHOLAS DRANEY/Standard-Examiner)

WILLARD -- A family of five sustained minor injuries in a single-vehicle rollover Friday afternoon near Willard -- and that crash was just the beginning of a busy day in the same area of Interstate 15.

The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. at Mile Marker 354 on northbound I-15, said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper David McKay.

The father of a family traveling from California to Nebraska was driving a 2005 Honda Pilot that drifted off to the right, overcorrected, ran off the road and into the median and rolled once, McKay said.

Everyone was wearing seat belts, and no one was ejected, but the vehicle is a total loss.

In addition to the father and mother, two small children and an infant were in the vehicle. Their names and ages were not available.

The family was taken to Ogden Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries, McKay said. No charges will be filed, he said.

Three hours after that accident, there was a four-car accident, followed by a three-car accident, in the same area of I-15. One vehicle was involved in both of multi-vehicle crashes.

A 48-year-old man was driving his Chevy Malibu south on I-15 near Smith and Edwards when both he and a Dodge Charger started slowing and moving into the slow lane at the sight of brake lights ahead of them.

The Malibu hit the Charger, causing its 17-year-old driver to lose control and spin out, said UHP Lt. Lee Perry.

The Charger hit a concrete barrier, then was hit by the Malibu again, knocking it into a Ford Fusion, which had stopped.

Soon after, a southbound GMC Jimmy hit a Ford Expedition in the fast lane, which caused the Expedition to run into the Ford Fusion, which in turn crashed into a Kia Optima.

The driver of the Malibu suffered minor back injuries and was taken to Brigham City Community Hospital for treatment. He was the only one injured in both crashes.

Perry said both multi-vehicle crashes can be blamed on drivers going too fast and not leaving enough distance between vehicles. Both the driver of the Malibu and the driver of the GMC Jimmy were cited for following too close.

Drivers need to "look way ahead and, when they see brake lights, take their foot off the gas and prepare to slow down," Perry said.

He implored drivers to keep their eyes on the road and not to wait until the last minute to slow for traffic.

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