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September 27, 2021

Driver dies after being ejected, dragged under crashing truck on I-15 in Pleasant Grove, officials say

Utah Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a fatal crash that happened on I-15 in Pleasant Grove on Monday.
(Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

PLEASANT GROVE — A semitruck driver died Monday after being ejected from the truck and dragged under it as it crashed, authorities said.

The crash took place about 2:35 p.m. on southbound I-15 in Pleasant Grove, according to a news release from the Utah Highway Patrol. The “dump-style” semitruck was also hauling a pup trailer, UHP said.

The left front tire of the truck blew out, which caused the truck to swerve across three traffic lanes and then hit the concrete highway barrier, UHP said.

The driver of the truck, who was the only occupant, was ejected from the truck, witnesses told troopers. The driver was then pulled under the truck as it continued moving.

The truck came to a stop in the left lane of the freeway, and the driver was declared dead at the scene. The driver wasn’t identified.

The three lanes of the freeway were closed while troopers investigated the crash, but all lanes reopened shortly before 7 p.m., according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

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