• October 03, 2022

One Killed in Rollover Crash on I-15 in Washington County, UT

Washington County, UT — October 2, 2022, one person died when a trailer hauled by their pickup caused it to roll over on Interstate 15 in Washington County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. along I-15 between Kannaraville and Toquerville. Preliminary investigation suggests the male victim was driving a Ford pickup hauling a travel trailer and a side-by-side vehicle trailer. At some point along the road the second trailer started to fishtail heavily, which caused the pickup to veer off the road. Both trailers detached and the pickup rolled over.

The driver, reportedly wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries in the accident. No other people or vehicles were involved.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

One Killed in Rollover Crash on I-15 in Washington County, UT

Commentary on I-15 Rollover Accident in Washington County

It's not clear what happened here, but any serious crash is worth getting into the hands of experienced and independent professional investigators. Without their practiced eye looking into how the truck's second trailer went out of control, it's possible that some mistaken conclusions might be drawn by traffic officers.

That's not to knock the hard (and often thankless) work police do, but in many cases waiting for them to turn up some real answers doesn't work out as well as it ideally should. Between competing priorities, limited staff and resources, and only so much time to devote to a single-vehicle wreck, officers must sometimes rush through their investigation and crucial details may slip through the cracks. For instance, I've seen far too many crashes over the years where driver mistakes were blamed only for it to become clear later that vehicle malfunctions or bad road conditions were actually the culprit.

Maybe that won't be an issue here and police will get to the bottom of things, but I think most would agree that the victim's loved ones deserve to know no stone was left unturned in pursuit of the whole story. Any steps beyond getting answers would depend on what those answers are.

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