Mechanical failure causes gorge closure for hours

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Several agencies, including Beaver Dam Fire and Arizona Department of Transportation, responded to milepost 14 after a semi-truck overturned onto the barrier wall spilling out dozens of pigs, some of which were casualties of the incident. Submitted Photo.

Several agencies, including Beaver Dam Fire and Arizona Department of Transportation, responded to milepost 14 after a semi-truck overturned onto the barrier wall spilling out dozens of pigs, some of which were casualties of the incident. Submitted Photo.

A semi-truck carrying a load of pigs experienced a mechanical failure Monday afternoon while travelling southbound on I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge, overturning and gathering 400 feet of glare screen with it. Submitted Photo.

A semi-truck carrying a load of pigs experienced a mechanical failure Monday afternoon while travelling southbound on I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge, overturning and gathering 400 feet of glare screen with it. Submitted Photo.

At approximately 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, Oct. 17 a semi-truck carrying a load of pigs overturned at milepost 14 on I-15 in the Virgin River Gorge taking out 400 feet of glare screen that is positioned on top of the barricade between northbound and southbound lanes.

The unidentified driver experienced the failure as he came around a southbound curve and tipped over onto the barrier wall, spilling out several of its animals that roamed the freeway for a while, according to Sergeant John Bottoms with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Initially, emergency agencies closed the southbound interstate lanes at Cedar Pocket at milepost 18 in order to bring the truck and trailer upright, which was completed around 9 p.m. The lanes were reopened after the scene was cleared.

The driver received only minor injuries and was not cited for the incident according to Bottoms.

 

 

 

Several agencies, including Beaver Dam Fire and Arizona Department of Transportation, responded to milepost 14 after a semi-truck overturned onto the barrier wall spilling out dozens of pigs, some of which were casualties of the incident. Submitted Photo.

Several agencies, including Beaver Dam Fire and Arizona Department of Transportation, responded to milepost 14 after a semi-truck overturned onto the barrier wall spilling out dozens of pigs, some of which were casualties of the incident. Submitted Photo.

A semi-truck carrying a load of pigs experienced a mechanical failure Monday afternoon while travelling southbound on I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge, overturning and gathering 400 feet of glare screen with it. Submitted Photo.

A semi-truck carrying a load of pigs experienced a mechanical failure Monday afternoon while travelling southbound on I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge, overturning and gathering 400 feet of glare screen with it. Submitted Photo.

 

Comments

  1. I do care!! says:

    Ok, lets call it “mechanical failure.. not speeding like most of the big rigs in the gorge. The gorge and the section of highway on the Arizona strip needs more patrolling! Very little highway patrol, patrol that dangerous part of the highway. 3 accidents in one day on that stretch of road.. SMH

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