Update: Police ID man killed in crash near New Harmony

The driver of a Nissan Rogue was killed and a passenger was seriously injured when the Nissan read-ended a commercial vehicle on I-15 near New Harmony on Sunday morning, Aug. 8, 2021. Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, Aug. 9, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah Highway Patrol has identified the  driver of a Nissan Rogue killed after his SUV crashed into a commercial vehicle on Interstate 15 Sunday morning.

The driver of the Nissan Rogue was Robert McCracken, 77, from South Jordan, said a statement from the UHP.

The deadly collision occurred at about 9:48 a.m. as a gold Chevrolet Cruze was traveling northbound on I-15 at milepost 40, near New Harmony.

The driver of the Chevy Cruze told officers he was in the middle lane when he fell asleep and drifted to the right, UHP said.

“The Cruze made impact into the driver side rear tires of a commercial vehicle pulling a cargo trailer traveling next to him. The Cruze lost control and came to rest stopped in the number two travel lane,” according to the UHP.

“The commercial vehicle pulling a cargo trailer loaded with general freight traveling in the middle lane, slowed down to avoid hitting the Chevy Cruze.”

As the commercial vehicle slowed, “A silver Nissan Rogue failed to reduce its speed and rear-ended the trailer of the commercial vehicle. The driver of the Nissan was killed on impact and the passenger was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. The driver of the commercial vehicle was uninjured.”

I-15 northbound at milepost 40 was closed temporarily while the scene was stabilized, UHP said. The left emergency lane was then reopened for northbound traffic. Traffic was restricted to one lane for approximately 2.5 hours for the investigation.

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