Driver, passenger walk away from severe rollover near I-15

A red Nissan pickup truck sits near Interstate 15 after crashing through a fence and rolling, St. George, Utah, Dec. 31, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Two individuals walked away uninjured after being involved in a single-vehicle crash on Red Hills Parkway in St. George Wednesday afternoon.

Just before 2 p.m., a red Nissan pickup truck, occupied by two men, was traveling northbound near 1600 E. Red Hills Parkway when the driver became distracted after he dropped a cigarette, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said. The truck jumped the curb, hit three trees, ran through a fence and rolled over onto the grassy area dividing Red Hills Parkway from southbound Interstate 15.

A red Nissan pickup truck sits along Interstate 15 after it ran through the fence and rolled, St. George, Utah, Dec. 31, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
A red Nissan pickup truck sits along Interstate 15 after running through a fence and rolling, St. George, Utah, Dec. 31, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

The number of times the truck rolled was undetermined, Despain said, but both men came out of the crash unharmed. The truck was totaled and had to be towed from the scene.

The driver was cited for improper lane travel.

Traffic in the right southbound lane of Interstate 15 and the right northbound lane of Red Hills Parkway was blocked off in the area where the accident occurred. The Utah Department of Transportation, St. George Police Department and St. George Fire Department attended to the scene.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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9 Comments

  • ScanMeister December 31, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Interesting the lights on roll bar stayed intact.

  • Koolaid December 31, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    See? Them cigarettes is bad fo yo. Cited for improper lane travel… Wow! Talk about kicking someone when he’s already down. Good job!

  • Retired Trooper December 31, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    No dents on the left or right sides of the truck, No dent on the roof, bar lights not damaged. That pick up did not roll. most likely spun around after hitting the fence and thus facing the other direction.

  • No roll December 31, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I don’t believe it rolled. Damage not consistent with rolling.

  • couldhaverolled December 31, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    It doesnt have to hit the top to roll over. With enough speed and the right situation it would just fly through the air and miss the top of the truck.

  • Native born New Mexican December 31, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I bet the passenger had a few choice words for the driver! Do you think he will ride with him again?

  • Mean Momma January 1, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Sounds like an excellent excuse to quit smoking!

  • No roll January 3, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Who cares about the top only? It did not roll for all other reasons.

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