The fatal accident, near the Black Ridge, occurred at about 12:25 p.m., according to a Utah Highway Patrol press release.
A previous accident was blocking traffic and a semi could not stop, causing a collision with five other vehicles. A Kia Spectra stopped behind the semi, but a second semi lost control, hit the Spectra, and pinned it against the first semi. The driver of the Spectra, Kristen Kay Taylor, died on scene, the press release reported.
Four people were transported to the hospital, including the passenger in the Spectra, who was in serious condition, according to the press release.
Emergency personnel from Washington and Iron counties responded.
After the accident, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office routed all southbound traffic off the interstate in Cedar City and directed it west and then south, through Enterprise. One southbound lane reopened at about 5 p.m. At that time, clean-up crews were still trying to clear the first blocking accident, the press release reported.
At about 12:50 p.m., Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lars Gardner, responding to the I-15 accidents, was involved in a crash on River Road in St. George that left two women, Karen Gummow, 71, and Ila Jean Moore, 75, dead.
The vehicle the two women were in attempted to turn left and the trooper, who was traveling northbound, collided with their vehicle, according to a press release from the St. George Police Department.
According to a press release from the Utah Highway Patrol, Gardner, who has been with the Utah Highway Patrol for three years, was released from the hospital in good condition this afternoon but is very shaken up by the event and is going through a difficult time.