Livestock Hauler And 4-Wheeler Plunge Down 100-Foot Ravine In Fatal Accident
Salt Lake City, Utah – A woman and dozens of pigs perished Thursday night along I-15 after a semi-truck hauling livestock crossed the median striking the motorist’s vehicle sending both plunging into a 100-foot ravine.
Police say a semi hauling pigs was traveling southbound along I-15 on Thursday at approximately 11:3o p.m. when he lost control and crossed the median into the northbound lanes. The truck then struck a Kia Optima driven by 41-year-old Jaime Demille, of Cedar City, Utah.
The collision sent both the truck and the Optima plunging below into a 100-foot embankment six miles south of Cove Fort in Beaver County. Emergency crews attempted a rescue and found Demille unresponsive. Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) said they believe Demille died upon impact with the semi.
The semi-truck driver and the co-driver were not seriously injured but were transported to a nearby hospital. Officials said more than 160 pigs were being hauled and many of them perished in the crash also.
Investigators said they have not yet determined what led to the truck driver losing control and crossing the median. However, UHP officials said they suspect “fatigue” and “illness” played a role in the crash.
The investigation is ongoing.
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