SALT LAKE CITY — The Latest on a semitrailer crash that spilled cattle on a highway (all times local):
A northern Utah highway interchange where a semitrailer crashed and spilled cattle on the road Wednesday is the scene of an almost identical crash last year that also killed cattle.
Trooper Lawrence Hopper did not know Wednesday if the company hauling cattle in Wednesday’s crash was the same company that had a cattle trailer crash in January 2016.
Troopers say the trailers in both crashes were driving too fast on an exit ramp from Interstate 15 near Riverdale to merge onto Interstate 84. Both crashes spilled cows on the road and killed some of the animals.
Hopper says the ramp is not unsafe but drivers should follow the 45 mph speed posted for the ramp.
He did not know the driver’s exact speed Wednesday or how many cows died.
No people were injured.
Authorities are clearing dead cows off a northern Utah interstate highway after a semitrailer hauling cattle tipped over and crashed on an exit ramp above the highway, spilling cows onto the road below.
Utah’s Highway Patrol said the semitrailer driver was speeding Wednesday while exiting Interstate 15 near Riverdale to merge onto another highway.
While the driver was rounding a curve on an exit ramp above the highway, the truck crashed into a low wall, spilling cattle.
UHP says troopers don’t yet know how many cows died but the driver was uninjured.
KSL-TV reports about a dozen cows could be seen on the road below, some dead and some corralled by emergency crews.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Zach Whitney says southbound lanes of Interstate 15 and the exit are closed until the crash is cleared.