Woman startled by rumble strips overcorrects, rolls car on I-15

Two Nevada residents survive a rollover on Interstate 15, near Washington City, Utah, Feb. 1, 2015 |Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — Two people walked away uninjured from a single-vehicle rollover Sunday afternoon on southbound Interstate 15, near milepost 14.5, just prior to the Washington Parkway Exit.

Just after 4:30 p.m., a young woman, driving a white Toyota Corolla south on I-15, began to veer off to the left shoulder of the roadway before overcorrecting and crossing both lanes of traffic, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Lewis said. The Toyota went off the right shoulder and rolled at least once before landing on its right side, he said.

A Toyota Corolla sustained moderate damage after it rolled off I-15, near Washington City, Feb. 1, 2015 |Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
A Toyota Corolla sustained moderate damage after it rolled off I-15, near Washington City, Feb. 1, 2015 |Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

Sunshine Dela Cruz, the driver, and her passenger, Mark Cariaga, were both wearing seat belts and exited the vehicle with no injuries, Lewis said.

“If they were not wearing seat belts this would have been a lot worse,” he said. “They are very lucky.”

Cariaga said he was asleep and didn’t realize what happened until they were off the road.

The pair were heading home to Las Vegas, Dela Cruz said, when she hit the Shoulder Rumble Strip which are designed to alert drivers when they are drifting off the roadway. Dela Cruz said the noise scared her and that is when she overcorrected to get back on the road which resulted in the rollover.

“We’re OK, I’m just a little shook up,” Dela Cruz said.

Washington City Fire Department attend to a rollover on I-15, near Washington City, Utah, Feb. 1, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs
Washington City Fire Department attend to a rollover on I-15, near Washington City, Utah, Feb. 1, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs

Shea Larson, who was traveling behind the duo in a silver passenger car,  said he saw the car cross traffic and rollover.

“After she overcorrected, you can see she tried to get back on before she rolled,” he said pointing at skid marks in the dirt just off the right shoulder of the road.

Moderate damage was sustained to the vehicle and the airbags did not deploy during the collision.

Lewis said Dela Cruz told him she was going 75 to 80 mph  at the time of the rollover. She was cited for improper lane travel, he said.

Washington City Police Department, Washington City Fire Department and Utah Highway Patrol responded 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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1 Comment

  • groanattack February 3, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I’ve got some BAD New’s for you Sunshine.

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