Bountiful PD posts ‘frustrating’ video of traffic hindering access to crash

Posted at 8:23 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 23:02:17-04

BOUNTIFUL, Utah — Emergency units responding to a crash on I-15 Friday found their progress slowed by traffic, and the Bountiful Police Department posted a video of what they called a frustrating experience.

The tweets continued, with the police department’s account stating “traffic would move past the crash much faster if no one tried to get a peek at what’s going on. Trust me, there’s usually very little…”

They added that, “by the time 98% of people pass the crash. Patients are in ambulances, cars are getting towed. Just keep moving.”

When contacted about the video, the department had this advice for drivers:

“Pull to the right immediately if there is space, NEVER left. We are trained to never pass on the right with lights and sirens on. Most of all, pay attention so you hear the sirens and see the lights.”

They added that a driver pulled to the left just after the video ends, but they said the driver realized a short time later they needed to move to the right.

The video appears to be in conjunction with earlier tweets about a rollover crash near Parrish Lane on northbound I-15. Utah Highway Patrol said a reckless driver clipped a Toyota Tacoma, causing the Toyota to roll over. The crash caused minor injuries and closed the majority of northbound lanes for about a half an hour.

UHP said they believe DUI or distraction may be behind the crash.