Two seriously injured in crash on I-15; UHP believes dog in traffic a possible factor

Posted at 2:21 PM, Feb 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-13 20:21:22-05

AMERICAN FORK, Utah -- One person was critically injured and another is in serious condition after a two-vehicle crash on northbound I-15 near American Fork that shut down multiple lanes of the freeway for more than an hour, and officials on scene believe a dog in traffic may have sparked the crash.

The crash temporarily closed all northbound lanes of the freeway near mile post 278 Saturday afternoon, but a few hours later the roadway was reopened.

Utah Highway Patrol personnel at the scene said a pickup truck appeared to lose control and turn sideways while traveling, and the truck was t-boned by a Honda Pilot. Officials stated a dog in traffic may have sparked the crash, but they are still investigating to determine the official cause.

One person was flown to a hospital in critical condition and another was taken by ground to a hospital in serious condition. Several children riding in the Honda Pilot suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital.

UDOT's commuter link page stated as of 2:15 p.m. that northbound I-15 is closed in the vicinity and that "major delays" are estimated to persist until about 6:15 p.m., but Highway Patrol officials at the scene said they expected to have the crash scene cleared by about 4 p.m.

Visit UDOT's commuter link for updates on traffic delays and incidents.