ST. GEORGE – Snow-related incidents sprinkled across state Route 18 midday Saturday, including a van going off the road at mile post 19.5, a collision with a snow plow at mile post 11 and a slide-off at mile post 9.
Mile post 19.5
An Econoline E-350 van carrying four men, traveling on state Route 18 between Dammeron Valley and Veyo, Saturday at 12:06 p.m., veered off the road, down an embankment, over some trees and through a fence.
“It was a vehicle going too fast for the conditions,” Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lawrence Hopper said.
The driver, a 60-year-old man, had three other men, in their mid-30s, with him in the van when the accident occurred. He and one of the passengers were transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for minor injuries, Hopper said, what appeared to be minor cuts and bruises.
Mile post 11
A silver pickup truck drifted across the center line of the highway and hit a moving snow plow. The pickup appeared to suffer minor damage to its left front fender, and the snow plow was detained from service for a short time.
Mile post 9
At mile post 9, a vehicle with a man and child in it slid off the road. Washington County Sheriff’s Department and UHP responded. The trooper on scene said it was a minor incident in comparison to the other (at mile post 19.5). The vehicle had to be towed.
One UHP trooper on scene at the mile post 19.5 accident had been dispatched to Washington County from Vernal in anticipation of the weekend storm. His advice to motorists, he said, is: Slow down, allow for plenty of driving distance, if you don’t need to be out there, don’t be.
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St. George News photojournalist John Teas contributed to this report.
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