Speeding driver crashes into electrical boxes; hundreds of homes, businesses lose power

White vehicle that crashed into electrical junction boxes and rolled on South Mall Dr. in St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2016| Photo courtesy of Patrick Amico, St. George News

ST. GEORGE —A complete power outage for miles affecting hundreds of homes and businesses in St. George Saturday night ensued after a driver lost control of his vehicle and smashed into electrical junction boxes before rolling the vehicle, sending the boxes crashing through a concrete wall and falling several feet into the parking lot below.

White mini-van involved in single car rollover on South Mall Dr. in St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2016| Photo courtesy of Patrick Amico, St. George News
White vehicle after crashing into electrical junction boxes and rolling on South Mall Dr. in St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2016| Photo courtesy of Patrick Amico, St. George News

A 20-year-old man was southbound at a high rate of speed on South Mall Drive just before 11:30 p.m. and lost control of his vehicle, St. George Police Sgt. Jeff Bahlmann said. The vehicle then left the roadway, hit a block wall then a tree and finally two electrical junction boxes.

The reason the 20-year-old man was speeding was because he was racing another vehicle on southbound Mall Drive, according to a statement on the St. George Police’s Facebook page issued Monday

The vehicle then rolled at least once, possibly more, Bahlmann said, until it finally came to rest on the sidewalk facing west near 170 South Mall Drive.

“We are trying to determine why he was traveling at such an excessive speed right now,” Bahlmann said.

The man was conscious when police arrived and was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for examination as a precaution, he said.

The driver was was confirmed to be wearing a seat belt and sustained only minor injuries, according to police Monday. He was also issued a citation for reckless driving.

One witness, Patrick Amico, said the explosion lit up his bedroom that directly faces South Mall Drive and was so loud he thought he was hearing gunshots until, looking out his window, he was able to see the cement wall shattered all over the street.

Officer checking on driver after rollover on South Mall Drive, St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2016| Photo courtesy of Patrick Amico, St. George News
Officer checking on driver after rollover on South Mall Drive, St. George, Utah, Jan. 23, 2016| Photo courtesy of Patrick Amico, St. George News

The crash and rollover left debris over a long stretch of sidewalk and roadway; left two damaged electrical junction boxes lying several feet down an embankment smashed beyond repair; destroyed a block wall. The crash also caused a power outage leaving homes, businesses, and traffic lights without power along Red Cliffs Drive, between St. George Boulevard and Mall Drive, as well as south along Mall Drive for over 2 miles.

As this report publishes, power has been fully restored, according to the City of St. George Energy Services Department at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Damage to city infrastructure is estimated to be over $40,000.

The St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department, and Gold Cross Ambulance 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.

St. George News Senior Reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this story.

Ed. note: The article was updated with additional information provided by police.

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5 Comments

  • .... January 24, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Well if the driver is in good standing with the LDS church and their temple recommend is up to date . I’m sure it will just be an unexpected medical episode

  • ladybugavenger January 24, 2016 at 11:39 am

    oops

  • IDIOT COMMENTERS January 24, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    it looks familiar this suv

  • sagemoon January 26, 2016 at 9:28 am

    The idiot was racing a station wagon, I mean crossover? Duh.

  • .... January 26, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    is it still okay to say crossover ? I figured by now the political correctness movement would of classified that as a racist remark

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