Missing, endangered Nevada man dies on I-15 after stopping car, being struck by semi near Cedar City

A missing, endangered man from Nevada, Leif Johansson, died on April 13, 2019, on I-15 in Iron County. Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

CEDAR CITY, Utah, April 13, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man missing out of Nevada died Saturday morning in Iron County after his car was struck by a UPS semi triple trailer.

The victim, 62-year-old Leif Johansson, was listed as a missing and endangered person out of Henderson.

At about 5:05 a.m. Saturday, Utah Highway Patrol officials received four calls about a small, silver passenger car stopped on Interstate 15, near mile marker 93. The call came to a dispatch center in Cedar City.

“Troopers began to respond to the area, but a short time later, another caller reported that a UPS semi with triple trailers had struck the car,” a statement from the Utah Highway Patrol says.

“After the collision, the UPS semi jackknifed into the median with the front drive axle torn from the truck. The passenger car was pushed off the right side of the road onto the shoulder and suffered extensive damage.

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“Medical units responded, extricated the driver, and a medical helicopter responded to the scene. Both the ambulance crew and the helicopter crew attempted lifesaving measures, but the passenger car’s driver died on scene.”

The semi driver had only minor injuries.

Troopers later determined that Johansson was listed as missing, and suffered from health issues and dementia, the statement said.

“They are still working to determine the reason he stopped in the travel lanes on I-15,” the statement said.

 

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