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Crash backs up traffic on northbound I-15

Dec 18, 2021, 3:26 PM | Updated: 6:40 pm
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(PHOTO: Courtesy of Getty Images)
(PHOTO: Courtesy of Getty Images)

MURRAY, Utah — A three-vehicle accident with injuries slowed traffic on northbound I-15 Saturday afternoon.

The crashed occurred at 5300 South on I-15, near milepost 300 just before 1:30 p.m. The three right lanes were closed due to the crash.

 

The accident occurred when a Mazda CX-5, traveling in the fourth lane, failed to slow for traffic ahead. As a result, it rear-ended a blue Mazda 3.

The impact caused the Mazda 3 to spin in a counterclockwise motion and it impacted the rear of the Honda civic. The Mazda 3 came to a stop facing south in the fourth lane. The Mazda CX-5 came to a stop in the second lane.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, there were three brothers in the Mazda 3. The two in the front suffered minor injuries. However, a 15-year-old in the backseat was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

The drivers of the other two vehicles were not injured.

Authorities say distracted driving is being looked into as a factor for the cause of the crash.

According to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) all lanes of traffic were opened a few hours later.

Earlier crashes on I-15

Earlier Saturday, several crashes on northbound I-15 closed multiple lanes prior to the I-80 eastbound ramp at milepost 305. All of those lanes have since reopened.

More on this story will be published when it becomes available.

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