Rollover on Interstate 15 caused by lane drift

A Ford pickup truck sits in the desert brush after rolling on Interstate 15, Toquerville, Utah, June 13, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

TOQUERVILLE — A pickup truck rolled after hitting a car on southbound Interstate 15 near the Toquerville exit Friday evening.

At approximately 5:40 p.m., a young man driving a white Ford pickup truck was traveling in the right lane southbound on I-15 near mile marker 27, just past the Toquerville exit, when the truck drifted toward the left lane. The truck’s front left fender hit the rear bumper of a black Hyundai Elantra four-door passenger car with two passengers inside: a female driver and a male passenger, said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Grant Hintze.

Ford pickup truck sits in the desert brush after rolling on Interstate 15, Toquerville, Utah, June 13, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
A Ford pickup truck sits in the desert brush after rolling on Interstate 15, Toquerville, Utah, June 13, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

The driver of the truck overcorrected and turned his wheel to the right. As he veered off the shoulder of the highway, his truck hit a mound of dirt and rolled several times, landing in sagebrush and weeds.

Utah Highway Patrol, Leeds Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

The driver of the truck was wearing his seat belt and suffered minor injuries. Both passengers in the car were uninjured.

“Seat belts in this case were a major factor in the outcome,” Hintze said. “Everyone was wearing their seat belts.”

Responders on scene after a Ford pickup truck rolled on Interstate 15, Toquerville, Utah, June 13, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
Responders on scene after a Ford pickup truck rolled on Interstate 15, Toquerville, Utah, June 13, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

The right lane of travel was closed down briefly as responders cleared the scene. The pickup truck was completely disabled and towed. The car was able to be driven away.

Speed and weather conditions were not contributing factors in this incident. The driver of the truck was issued a ticket for lane travel.

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

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2 Comments

  • SSfreeze June 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Did anyone check his cell phone for recent texts? This sounds like a distracted driver to me.

  • pay attention people! June 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    When are drivers going to pay attention to the road and put down the phone, stop eating in the car and fiddling with the radio! You are driving a killing machine!

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