62-year-old driver in good spirits at hospital after rollover on SR-59

One car rollover near Apple Valley, Utah, March 18, 2014 | Photo by and courtesy of Trooper John McMahon, St. George News

APPLE VALLEY –  A 62-year-old man from Kanab was transported to the Dixie Regional Medical Center with head lacerations Tuesday morning after his pickup truck rolled once through a fence on an Apple Valley property and landed upside down near mile post 6 on state Road 59.

After visiting with the man in the hospital about two hours after the accident, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper John McMahon said that the man was in stable condition, alert and talking.

One car rollover near Apple Valley, Utah, March 18, 2014 | Photo by and courtesy of Trooper John McMahon, St. George News
One car rollover near Apple Valley, Utah, March 18, 2014 | Photo by and courtesy of Trooper John McMahon, St. George News

Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, the man’s silver Dodge pickup went off the right edge of the road, hit a little culvert, bounced out of the culvert and rolled over through a barbed wire fence, McMahon said.

A Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy was the first on scene, but McMahon and members of the Hildale Fire and Ambulance team arrived shortly after.

The driver said he got distracted while reaching for something in his truck, McMahon said.

One car rollover near Apple Valley, Utah, March 18, 2014 | Photo by and courtesy of Trooper John McMahon, St. George News
One car rollover near Apple Valley, Utah, March 18, 2014 | Photo by and courtesy of Trooper John McMahon, St. George News

The truck was totaled and there was about $300 of damage to the barbed wire fence, which was on private property. The price of the fence damage was estimated by the owner of the fence, McMahon said.

The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle and he was wearing his seatbelt. He received a citation for unsafe lane travel.

McMahon said that the driver was in much better spirits at the hospital and he was getting ready to get an X-ray.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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2 Comments

  • Marc March 19, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    The man just totaled his forty thousand dollar truck and is fined for unsafe lane travel. Really? Isn’t the loss of his truck lesson enough?

    • EssKayeBee March 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      I’m sure he had insurance to cover the vehicle

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