Southbound I-15 in Roy now open, plane crash debris cleared

Interstate 15 southbound in Roy was re-opened after the cleanup of debris from a single-engine plane crash earlier Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Nancy Van Valkenburg

ROY,  Utah, Nov. 17, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Interstate 15 southbound in Roy is open again after being shut down for the cleanup of debris from a plane crash earlier Sunday.

Utah Highway Patrol tweeted a brief message at about 8 p.m., saying the lanes are open to traffic and asking drivers to continue to use caution while traveling through the area.

The southbound lanes were closed after a single-engine Piper Arrow crashed at the side of the freeway.

Stuart Hackworth, public information officer for Roy City Police Department, told Gephardt Daily the plane, with two men aboard, had taken off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport and was unable to gain altitude. The aircraft hit an advertising sign alongside I-15 and then crashed onto the freeway side of the fence at about 4500 South.

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Hackworth said one occupant was transported by AirMed medical helicopter to an area hospital, while the other was transported by Roy City Fire Department ambulance. Both men were in critical condition, but were expected to survive.

Family members of the injured men needed to be contacted before any further information would be released, he said.

He said the plane, which has tail number N3206R, was taking off southbound from the airport. Initial information indicates the plane may have been an aircraft used for student training.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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