Crashes cause injuries, traffic tie-ups
The Utah Highway Patrol was kept busy this last week, as accidents, several involving semi trucks, closed the freeway and sent patients to area hospitals.
On Tuesday, July 31, about 8:40 p.m., the 66-year-old driver of a 2005 Dodge pickup driving southbound apparently fell asleep near exit 376 and drifted off the roadway into the median. He then woke up and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll. It slid on its top across the freeway, flipping one more time and landing on its wheels against the UDOT fence. Neither the driver and his 24-year-old passenger were seriously injured.
On Wednesday, Aug. 1, at about 9:40 a.m., a 17-year-old with his Learner’s Permit was driving a black Ford Focus at the other end of the county and was exiting I-15 at exit 352. He attempted to turn westbound onto SR-126, when his vehicle was struck by a 1991 red Chevrolet pickup. Both the driver and a front seat passenger in the Focus were transported to Ogden Regional Hospital in critical condition. The driver of the pickup received minor injuries.
Friday, Aug. 3, about 4 p.m., a single semi and trailer rolled at the I-15 southbound off ramp, at exit 376 to Elwood. Lt. Lee Perry of UHP said the driver, 42-year-old Vladamir Andrakihov of Missouri, apparently took the ramp too fast, tried to correct his travel and cause the load of apples to shift. The truck and trailer both rolled on their side.
His wife and six children were in the semi sleeper at the time of crash and all were transported to Bear River Valley Hospital. The driver, his eight and four-year-old sons, as well as a one-year-old daughter were all treated and release. The wife was later transferred to University of Utah Hospital with possible back and internal injuries. Three other children, a six-year-old girl and seven and two-year-old boys were taken to Primary Children’s Hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries.
The driver was charged with improper lane travel, and other commercial charges are pending following an investigation.
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A family from Missouri suffered various injuries in when this semi loaded with apples tipped on the Elwood off ramp on Friday, Aug. 3.