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WASHINGTON COUNTY, UT – A student truck driver slammed head-on into a car, injuring four people Saturday afternoon in Utah. The truck accident occurred on Interstate 15, near New Harmony, 30 miles north of St. George in Washington County. The accident area is in the far southwest corner of the state near the Arizona border, 273 miles south of Salt Lake City and 284 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona.

The student truck driver and his instructor were reportedly not injured in the head on truck accident.

The unidentified student truck driver was traveling south on Interstate 15 Saturday afternoon at around 3:00 p.m. As the student truck driver was in the area near highway mile marker 37 he lost control of the semi truck as he attempted to round a curve at a high rate of speed, and slid on the wet pavement. ..

The tractor trailer truck crossed over the center median of the divided highway and into the northbound lanes of the interstate. The 18 wheeler slammed head-on into a Chevy Malibu driven by a 38 year old woman from Plain City, Utah. There were also three passengers in the car.


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The Chevy Malibu went off the road after the truck accident and ended up about twenty feet down the embankment. The semi truck came to a stop on the northbound side of the interstate.

New Harmony Emergency personnel arrived at the truck accident scene and treated and stabilized the car driver and her three passengers. The three passengers had minor injuries and were treated and released.


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The car driver had more serious injuries and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George. Later she was medically airlifted to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT about 265 miles away. Authorities reported that she would be undergoing surgery on her arm and shoulder. The injuries are not considered life-threatening and she is expected to recover. The student truck driver and his on board instructor were reportedly not injured in the head on truck accident.

Troopers with the Utah Highway Patrol were at the scene of the truck accident. According to the UHP the student truck driver had a valid commercial driver’s license. However he was in the midst of his required 300 hours of driver training at the time of the truck accident. His instructor was reportedly asleep when the student driver took the curve too fast and crashed into the Chevy Malibu. One report said that the driver was training with Werner Truck School.


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There was one conflicting report on how the truck accident happened. One report said that the student truck driver did not cross the median, but may have entered the northbound lanes by going down an exit ramp, and was driving the wrong way when he slammed into the Chevy Malibu. Officials were still investigating the truck accident.

The student truck driver was charged with “Failure to Maintain the Vehicle within Its Lane”.

For more information about Utah trucking laws, truck injury causes and victims rights, contact a nationwide truck accident attorney for the best advise possible. For a free initial consultation,  talk to a Utah truck accident lawyer at 800.773.6770.

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