Trucker Under Investigation After Motorist Crashes Into Disable Big Rig and Dies
Salt Lake County, UT – An investigation is ongoing after a motorist lost his life when he crashed into the rear of a UPS big rig pulling doubles on Wednesday night along I-15.
According to the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP), 23-year-old Jacob A. Miller of West Jordan was traveling northbound in the no. 2 lane on I-15 near mile marker 287 at approximately 10:54 p.m. when his Nissan passenger vehicle smashed into the rear of a disabled tractor-trailer.
Investigators said the big rig “experienced an air malfunction causing the tires to lock up and stop.”
The truck driver, who was not identified, told UHP he tried to operate the vehicle to the shoulder of I-15, but was unable.
He indicated to UHP the big rig had only been disabled for approximately 5 minutes when Miller’s car came crashing into the trailer.
UHP said Miller was driving at a “high speed” and made little attempt to slow before the crash.
Miller was pronounced dead on the scene.
The truck driver was uninjured and was en route from Provo to Salt Lake at the time of the deadly crash.
UHP said it is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Specifically, UHP said it is trying to determine if the trucker engaged the big rig’s hazard lights before the deadly collision.
A representative of UHP called the incident a “unique situation” and said it would be difficult to determine if the trucker could have done anything to prevent the fatal outcome.
Impairment of either driver is not suspected at this time, UHP said.
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