UHP: Dash camera footage captures dangerous near miss on I-15

Mar 25, 2024, 9:53 PM | Updated: Mar 26, 2024, 7:17 am

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Highway Patrol was warning drivers everywhere Monday to watch closely for potential road hazards after a near miss on Interstate 15 in Iron County last week.

Corporal Luis Silva said the close call, captured on a driver’s dash camera, shows someone trying to alert other drivers to a crashed SUV in the middle of the road.

“You can see there’s a motorist waving his arms, he has a flashlight with a light that is very dim compared to other vehicles,” Silva said to KSL TV as he reviewed the footage. “It appears that the semi may hot have seen them in time and attempted to slow down but passed them at a very high rate of speed.”

The video shows two others standing and sitting on the inside shoulder having to jump up and out of the way quickly to avoid the oncoming semi.

“I’m not going to say they did right or wrong by getting out of their vehicle — each situation is unique,” Silva said. “You’ve got to weigh those risk factors of standing outside on the freeway and being aware that there’s now traffic going past you.”

Silva said what happened was a good case-in-point for how dangerous the interstate can be.

He urged drivers to always be watching closely for signs of trouble ahead, and he also said those already in a bad situation on the roads should do whatever they can to get off of them.

Drivers should also consider storing emergency flares and fluorescent vests in their cars in cases of roadside emergencies to improve their visibility, according to Silva.

“It was a very dangerous situation — not only for the motorists but also the drivers,” Silva said. “If your car is able to safely go over to the right shoulder and you’re able to safely do it, then go ahead and move your vehicle out of the roadway.”

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UHP: Dash camera footage captures dangerous near miss on I-15