Semi driver ejected, killed in Utah County accident

Image: UDOT Traffic website at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2021.

UTAH COUNTY, Aug. 23, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A semi truck driver died Monday afternoon after being ejected from his cab on southbound Interstate 15 in northern Utah County.

The accident left multiple three lanes blocked, and backed up traffic for miles.

Sgt. Camron Roden, Utah Highway Patrol, told Gephardt Daily the semi driver truck blew a front tire, and the truck veered left, hitting the cement highway median. The driver was ejected, Roden said, and died from resulting injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the collision, he said.

The accident happened in the area of Lindon and American Fork, Roden said.

“The left front steer tire of the vehicle blew causing it to swerve left across the number two, one, and HOV lanes then impact the center concrete median barrier,” said a Department of Public Safety statement issued later Monday evening.

“According to witnesses, the driver and sole occupant was ejected and pulled underneath the semi as it continued south along the HOV and left emergency lane. The vehicle came to a stop at approximately 275.5 in the left emergency lane. The driver was declared deceased on-scene.”

Gephardt Daily will have more information on the accident as details become available.

Photo: UDOT traffic camera

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