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Lexus becomes wedged under gasoline tanker after driver loses control of car in Gorge

Lexus becomes wedged under gasoline tanker after driver loses control of car in Gorge
Posted at 12:52 PM, Feb 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-09 14:52:05-05

ST. GEORGE — While attempting to pass a semitractor hauling gasoline through the Virgin River Gorge Friday afternoon, a man driving a Lexus lost control his vehicle and crashed into and under one of the gasoline tankers. The St. George News reports.

The incident occurred around 2 p.m. and resulted in southbound Interstate 15 through Arizona being partially and then completely shut down at milepost 22 until around 5:15 p.m., according to traffic alerts from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Responding to the scene were troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and a fire crew from the Beaver Dam-Littlefield Fire District.

Fire Chief Jeff Hunt said the semitractor had been hauling thousands of pounds of gasoline in its two tanker-trailers. The Lexus slammed into the first one and partly slid underneath it, crashing into the back of the semitractor as well.

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