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Fatal Crash in Washington County (Updated 8/9/21)

Sunday August 8, 2021

  On August 8, 2021 at 9:48am, the driver of a gold Chevrolet Cruze was northbound on I-15 at milepost 40 in the middle lane near New Harmony in Washington County. The driver of the Cruze stated he fell asleep and drifted to the right. The Cruze made impact into the driver side rear tires of a commercial vehicle pulling a cargo trailer traveling next to him. The Cruze lost control and came to rest stopped in the number two travel lane. The commercial vehicle pulling a cargo trailer loaded with general freight traveling in the middle lane, slowed down to avoid hitting the Chevy Cruze.

A silver Nissan Rogue, failed to reduce its speed and rear-ended the trailer of the commercial vehicle. The driver of the Nissan was killed on impact and the passenger was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. The driver of the commercial vehicle was uninjured.

I-15 northbound at milepost 40 was closed temporarily while the scene was stabilized. The left emergency lane was then reopened for northbound traffic. Traffic was restricted to one lane for approximately 2.5 hours for the investigation.

Nissan Rogue Driver (Fatal): Robert McCracken Age: 77 From: South Jordan, UT



Joe Dougherty
DPS Public Affairs Director
Department of Public Safety


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