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Woman dies in I-15 rollover in Southern Utah

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — A rollover on Interstate 15 near Kolob Canyons left a woman dead after she was ejected from her truck Saturday afternoon.

Officers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single-vehicle rollover on southbound I-15 near mile marker 39 just south of New Harmony involving a Toyota pickup truck shortly before 1 p.m.

The overturned pickup was located several feet off the roadway with the driver no longer in the vehicle, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jake Hicks said.

The driver was ejected during the crash and pronounced dead at the scene, Hicks said.

Read the full report by St. George News here.

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Truck driver meets bystanders who jumped in to save his life

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Nearly three weeks after a dangerous crash on Interstate 15, Illinois truck driver John Lindsey was released from the hospital and headed home Monday.

However, before heading back to Illinois, 72-year-old Lindsey wanted to thank the first responders who likely saved his life.

He doesn’t remember, but doctors say he had a heart attack and went into full-blown cardiac arrest behind the wheel, crashing into a concrete barrier on I-15 in South Salt Lake.

Provo Police Department Officers Ken and Robyn Newell were headed home May 2 after attending a memorial at the state Capitol for Officer Joseph Shinners who was killed in the line of duty.

They happened to be just behind Lindsey when he crashed, and they stopped right away to help.

“My wife immediately grabbed some latex gloves,” Ken Newell said, “and she started running up to help with CPR.”

It turns out the Newells weren’t the only first responders who happened to be at the right place at the right time. Justin Litizia, a sports trainer at Intermountain Health Care, witnessed the crash and also jumped in to help.

Nearly three weeks later, Lindsey and his fiancé Grett Williams are headed back home with a Provo Police hat and a whole lot of gratitude for the men and women of Utah who saved his life.

“I’m thankful, real thankful for all your help. Got me back going again,” Lindsey said.

“They were just wonderful at helping him and bringing him back to me,” Williams said. “The Lord was just there with everyone,” says Williams.

“The outcome in my mind while we’re doing CPR is, ‘Come on man, you got to live a little bit longer for your family.’ But to see him alive today, it’s pretty awesome. And he looks like he’s doing really well,” Ken Newell said.

Doctors say the takeaway message for everyone is the importance of CPR and chest compressions. The doctors who treated Lindsey said if it hadn’t been for the quick actions of the first responders doing CPR, he may not have survived.

Semi accident and fuel spill causes heavy I-15 delays

SALT LAKE CITY — Southbound traffic on Interstate 15 in Salt Lake City is heavily congested due to a semitrailer that jackknifed on the wet road near 700 South.

There is no estimated time of clearance, according to the Utah Highway Patrol, as the crash caused a fuel spill of up to 300 gallons. Utah Department of Transportation is bringing a sand truck to help with the fuel spill.

UHP troopers advise drivers to avoid the area and reduce speeds.

Woman narrowly escapes metal beam through windshield

DAVIS COUNTY, Utah — A near miss on Interstate 15 left a driver rattled and thankful to be alive.

Nicci Sanders was headed north toward Ogden Monday morning when she noticed an object flying toward her car.

“Everything happened in slow motion,” Sanders recalled.  “I saw the beam coming lengthwise at me and just thought, ‘I am going to die.  I am going to die.’”

Sanders had just seconds to react.

“I really didn’t know what to do other than to try to keep my car in control,” Sanders said.  “I moved to the left as much as I could without going off the edge of the freeway.”

That quick thinking moved the car just enough so the 4-foot metal beam missed hitting the driver’s side.  Instead, it slammed into the passenger side of the windshield.

“It exploded.  I was covered in glass from head to toe.  It was spilling out of my ears this morning,” Sanders said.

She didn’t even suffer a scratch.  She’s thankful she was paying attention and fears this could have had a much darker outcome if she had been driving distracted.

“It just could have been so terribly wrong,” Sanders said.  “That’s the miracle.  That you’re completely focused on the road.  You are aware of everything.”

She hopes this serves as a wake-up call for anyone transporting heavy items or cargo.

“Any service vehicle needs to be inspected.  Body inspections need to be done.”

Utah Highway Patrol eventually caught up with the truck, and the driver was cited for failing to secure a load.  

Sanders is still trying to get over the shock of what happened.

“It was just terrifying. I had a lot of anxiety when I got home,” she said.  “I’ve been up since 12:30 this morning.  I couldn’t sleep last night.”

It may take some time before she feels comfortable driving on the freeway again.

“I drove today, and there is some doubt,” Sanders said.  “I’m just scared to death now.”

Motorcycle rider in critical condition, airlifted after I-15 crash

LAYTON, Utah — A motorcycle rider was airlifted to the hospital Saturday after suffering critical injuries in a crash.

The crash occurred on southbound I-15 at Layton Parkway, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The offramp and right lane were closed as a result.

The rider suffered critical injuries and was transported by air to the hospital, UHP tweeted at about 4:30 p.m.

Troopers say reckless driving is being investigated as a factor in the crash.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

SB I-15 reopened after multicar crash in Spanish Fork

SPANISH FORK, Utah – Southbound Interstate 15 has been reopened near the Spanish Fork Main Street exit following a crash that closed the interstate, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

UDOT reported the closure just after 7:30 p.m. and Sgt. Nick Street with Utah Highway Patrol said the crash involved multiple vehicles but has since been cleaned up.

Body camera footage shows Provo officers performing CPR on unconscious I-15 truck driver

SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Two Provo Police officers were heading back to Utah County after a memorial service honoring the late Master Officer Joseph Shinner in Salt Lake City when they approached a wall of traffic near 2100 South.

According to Provo Police, Master Officers Ken Newell and Robyn Newell noticed an accident had just happened, so they pulled up and saw the driver of a semitruck, unconscious and not breathing.

In the video, they respond by immediately beginning CPR, along with good Samaritan Justin Letizia; Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. David Moreno said it might have actually saved his life.

“Every day, officers all over the United States respond to similar accidents while on shift,” Provo Police said in a tweet. “Ken and Robyn Newell were outside of Provo City but still chose to act and help a citizen in need while the driver of the semi-truck was in his ‘crucible moment.’ We applaud their heroism.”

Police said the truck driver is now in stable condition.

Utah man jumps into action after semitruck driver has heart attack, crashes

SALT LAKE CITY — Police are applauding the efforts of a good Samaritan who gave medical aid to a semitruck driver after a heart attack caused him to crash on Interstate 15 Thursday.

Traffic on I-15 was backed up for hours after police said the driver of a tractor-trailer suffered a heart attack which caused him to crash into a cement barrier around 2800 South on I-15.

“He was going at least 50 [mph] and came to a dead stop when he hit the barricade,” A 911 caller can be heard telling dispatch.

Utah Highway Patrol said the driver, an older gentleman, started to veer off to the right of the highway, crashing into a number of orange barrels before launching on top of a cement barrier.

“The patient’s having a heart attack, not conscious, not breathing,” dispatch radioed to officers heading to the scene.

The accident brought traffic to a halt.

“I wasn’t really sure what was happening until a lot of the dust settled and I could see that the truck actually crashed,” said Justin Letizia who was just four cars behind the semitruck driver.

He saw the whole thing unfold.

“Once I went past him, I saw him just seated in the truck, just kind of blank stare,” Letizia said. “I knew something was wrong.”

With training in the medical field, his first instinct was to help.

“I hopped up in his cab to try and get vitals,” Letizia said. “Me and a couple of the other passerby’s got him out of his truck, brought him down.”

Justin was accompanied by two off duty Provo police officers and a few other good Samaritans who stopped to lend a hand.

The group, performed CPR until first responders could arrive.

“It might have actually saved his life,” said Sergeant David Moreno with Utah Highway Patrol.

“We’re just so fortunate that these citizens decided to stop by and assist, you never know when you’re going to be called and they were ready,” Moreno said.

But Justin doesn’t consider himself a hero, just a man doing what’s right.

“I kind of just like to look at it as helping someone out, I’d hope someone would stop if it were me or my family in that situation,” Letizia said.

The driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police said he is now stable.

Fatal rollover crash closes I-15 in Nephi

NEPHI, Utah – Northbound Interstate 15 is closed in Nephi following a fatal rollover crash, according to Utah Highway Patrol.

UHP was notified of the crash near milepost 227 just after noon Thursday.

A crew cab GMC truck was pulling a loaded trailer that had a Toyota Camry in tow behind it, according to UHP.

The truck began to sway and the driver lost control due to the speed and load configuration, police said.

The driver swerved to the right and then crashed into the median; he suffered head and neck injuries and died as a result of the crash.

A female passenger was transported to Central Valley Medical Center and is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

UHP said both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Courtesy: Utah Highway Patrol.

Fatal rollover crash on I-15 near Nephi

UPDATE: NB I-15 has been reopened as of 4:45 p.m.

NEPHI, Utah – Northbound Interstate 15 is closed in Nephi following a fatal rollover crash, according to Utah Highway Patrol.

UHP was notified of the crash near milepost 227 just after noon Thursday.

A crew cab GMC truck was pulling a loaded trailer that had a Toyota Camry in tow behind it, according to UHP.

The truck began to sway and the driver lost control due to the speed and load configuration, police said.

The driver swerved to the right and then crashed into the median; he suffered head and neck injuries and died as a result of the crash.

A female passenger was transported to Central Valley Medical Center and is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

UHP said both occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Courtesy: Utah Highway Patrol.