Confusion from medical episode lands car and driver in ditch

A car ended up in a ditch off Southern Parkway when the driver reportedly suffered a diabetic episode, St. George, Utah, July 2, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A 78-year-old man apparently suffered a diabetic episode Thursday morning while driving Southern Parkway in St. George where he veered off the road, through a barbed wire fence and ended up in a drainage ditch.

A single car accident on Southern parkway sent one man to the hospital, St. George, Utah, July 2, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A car ended up in a ditch off Southern Parkway when the driver reportedly suffered a diabetic episode, St. George, Utah, July 2, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

About 9:15 a.m., Utah Highway Patrol received report of a car that had driven off the road, Trooper Joe Pastor said. The driver was originally heading east on Southern Parkway just past the airport turnoff.

The driver apparently became confused and turned his car around, Pastor said, whereupon heading west, the car crossed into the eastbound lanes and then off the side of the road. The car ran over a barbed wire fence and ended up in a stone drainage ditch.

The driver appears to have suffered a diabetic episode, Pastor said, causing him confusion and the crash.

Gold Cross Ambulance paramedics responded to the scene, checked out the driver and transported him to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

Traffic on Southern Parkway was not affected but, due to the terrain, it took over two hours for the car to be pulled from the ditch and towed from 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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4 Comments

  • fun bag July 2, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    oh Golly Gee Wilikers another “medical episode” … better get this fellow back on the road asap and a fund raiser to boot…

    • Bender July 2, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Dude, you’re no fun at all. By common consent of all STGNEWS readers, your name is now YAPPING CHIHUAHUA.

      • fun bag July 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm

        i aint here for ur entertainment, doof…aha 😉

  • old school July 2, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Don’t worry, no one’s going to take the time to yank you’re license, this is St George, and the last thing anyone wants to do is their job! HAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!

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