Semi crash blocks NB I-15 traffic headed for Utah near Virgin River Gorge

Photo via St. George Fire Department

LITTLEFIELD, Arizona, Utah, Aug. 8, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Northbound Interstate 15 traffic coming to Utah has been blocked Saturday morning and afternoon after a semi pulling two trailers crashed above the Virgin River Gorge near Littlefield, Arizona.

The semi exploded, creating a fireball, according to some accounts. That sparked a brush fire below the elevated roadway, and left the back trailer dangling over the roadway’s side barrier.

The accident happened just after 4 a.m.┬áThe roadway was expected to be cleared late Saturday afternoon, after crews spent hours clearing debris and a bridge inspector completed an assessment of the structure’s strength and stability, according to the Arizona Highway Patrol.

As of 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the roadway remained closed.

“There is no estimated time to reopen the northbound lanes,” said a ADOT statement at that time. No additional Twitter updates had been posted regarding the situation as of 5 p.m. Saturday.

Traffic was diverted to Arizona’s Highway 91.

Gephardt Daily will have updates as they become available.

Image: Google Maps

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