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Driver killed after slamming into stalled semi on Utah interstate

A man who drove into the back of a stalled semi on I-15 suffered fatal injuries late Wednesday.
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DRAPER — A man who drove into the back of a stalled semi on I-15 suffered fatal injuries late Wednesday.

Jacob A. Miller, 23, of West Jordan, was headed north on I-15 near 15100 South just before 11 p.m. when he came up on a semitractor-trailer pulling two trailers, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The semi “experienced an air malfunction causing the tires to lock up and stop,” according to a statement from the UHP.

The semi driver told investigators he had been stopped in traffic for about five minutes when a Nissan Sentra rammed into the back of his rig while traveling at a high rate of speed.

Miller was pronounced dead at the scene.

The indent marked the second fatal rear-end collision in two days.

On Tuesday, 53-year-old Kristina L. Martinez, of Tooele, was driving a 2000 Chevy Blazer on I-80 outside of Grantsville with a separated tire when she was hit from behind by a semi and killed.

Her slow-moving SUV was traveling about 35 mph and was partially in the far right lane and partially in the shoulder and her hazard lights were flashing, according to the UHP. The semi was traveling approximately 75 mph when it hit her vehicle from behind, causing it to roll, ejecting Martinez from the SUV.