Crash on I-15 in Clearfield causes car to somersault

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CLEARFIELD, Utah, Jan. 31, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A car vaulted from the northbound lanes into the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 in Clearfield on Wednesday afternoon, causing a crash that closed the roadway in both directions.

The crash occurred at milepost 336 just north of 650 North, Lt. Todd Royce told Gephardt Daily.

The driver of a car travelling northbound reportedly fell asleep, and the car drifted to the left, then the right as the driver over-corrected, Royce said.

That car then hit another, and the second vehicle vaulted, which is when it travels end-over-end like a somersault, Royce added. That second car was propelled over the median and into the southbound lanes.

The driver of the car that vaulted was unconscious when emergency personnel arrived, and a medical helicopter was called to the scene. The man regained consciousness and was transported to an area hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The driver who initially fell asleep was not injured, and his female passenger had minor injuries.

Both directions of the freeway were shut to allow the medical helicopter to land, but the northbound lanes have since reopened.

The majority of the southbound lanes remain closed at 5600 South in Roy though Royce said some traffic was being let through as of 2:15 p.m.

Royce said officials are looking at fatigue as a contributing factor to the crash.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.


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