Hyrum man dies in I-15 crash

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 21 2011 8:30 p.m. MDT

Derrel Ray Leach, 64, of Hyrum died Wednesday after the semi trailer he was driving struck another semi trailer from behind.

, Utah Highway Patrol

BRIGHAM CITY — A 64-year-old Hyrum man died Wednesday after the semitrailer he was driving struck another semi from behind.

Derrel Ray Leach was killed on impact, Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson said. Leach was traveling north I-15 near Brigham City just before 2 p.m. when the crash occurred.

Johnson said traffic was being diverted out of the left travel lane into the right travel lane to avoid an earlier crash. Three semitrailers were stopped in the right lane when Leach approached.

"(Leach) failed to slow in time and rear-ended the rearmost semi that was stopped," Johnson said.

That semi was pushed into the middle truck, which, in turn, collided with the semitrailer in front. None of the drivers of those semis were injured.

Johnson said the accident is under investigation, but there are no indications Leach was impaired or distracted.

"They'll investigate (the cause) as best they can, but that could remain unknown," he said. 

Emiley Morgan

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