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Dash camera video of fatal I-15 crash released

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Jul 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-10 20:31:09-04

CENTERVILLE, Utah -- The Utah Highway Patrol released dash camera video Wednesday of an accident that left a teenage girl dead on June 27.

The four-car crash happened on I-15 in Centerville, and was caused by a metal ramp that had fallen off a man's trailer. 16-year-old Claire Kenyon was killed in the accident.

Troopers said the crash could have been avoided if the driver had better secured the metal ramp he'd been hauling that day.

The UHP dash camera video showed a trooper in the emergency lane traveling to remove the fallen ramp from I-15 near Parrish Lane. It later showed Kenyon's SUV rolling after it hit the ramp.

The 56-year-old driver who lost the ramp was interviewed by troopers. Officers said they are filing their reports and will send them to the Davis County prosecutor for possible charges.

"It's going to be screened at a minimum for spilling a load, beyond that it'll be up to the county attorney," said Cpl. Todd Johnson with the Utah Highway Patrol.

Investigators said the driver is remorseful, and had no idea that he contributed to such a tragic wreck. Troopers said they hope this serves as a reminder to drivers to be careful when hauling anything.

"Check it two or three times before you leave," Johnson said. "As you're going to get onto a major interstate, maybe when you're on the ramp, if there's room, pull off again and check it one more time just to be safe."