Driver runs out of gas, into danger on I-15

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jake Hicks stands near a Jeep on Interstate 15 after the driver was transported to the hospital, Washington, Utah, Aug. 18, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

WASHINGTON — A driver who ran out of gas and stopped her vehicle within a few feet from the fast lane on Interstate 15 was transported to the hospital after officers found her confused and disoriented.

Just after 3 p.m. Thursday officers responded to a report of a black Jeep parked just north of Exit 10 in the left hand emergency lane on the northbound side, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jake Hicks said.

Jeep disabled after it ran out of gas on Interstate 15 in Washington, Utah, Aug. 18, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
A disoriented woman driving a Jeep told troopers she ran out of gas on Interstate 15 in Washington, Utah, Aug. 18, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

An officer traveling on the southbound side of Interstate 15 noticed the disabled vehicle, and called in to report it. At that point UHP troopers were quickly dispatched to the vehicle, whose location was a concern because of heavy traffic flow.

As troopers responded they found the Jeep parked diagonally in the left-hand emergency lane, with the rear of the vehicle sitting a few feet from the fast lane, Hicks said. As officials approached the car the motorist told them she ran out of gas.

Noticing that the woman’s speech wasn’t very clear and she seemed disoriented and confused, an ambulance was dispatched to take her to Dixie Regional Medical Center, mainly as a precaution, Hicks said.

Responders line up in the right hand emergency lane with Todd Royce from UDOT bringing gas for the Jeep on Interstate 15 in Washington, Utah, Aug. 18, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
Responders line up in the right hand emergency lane with Todd Royce from UDOT who brought gas for a disabled Jeep parked on Interstate 15 in Washington, Utah, Aug. 18, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

“She didn’t appear to be injured,” Hicks said, “but she seemed pretty out of it.”

The Jeep sustained minimal damage as it rolled into the steel cable barrier, and was subsequently impounded and towed from the roadway.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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2 Comments

  • knobe August 19, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Once I returned home with a 1/2 tank of gas .
    The next day I did not check my gas gauge before leaving ,
    Which turned out to be bad because ‘midnight auto’ had drained my tank during the night .
    I ran out of gas on the highway & it was serious because you loose steering when the engine quits .
    I bought a locking gas cap & have Not run out of gas since .
    Midnight auto suckkkkkks !

    • .... August 21, 2016 at 4:23 am

      Unfortunately those low life members of Midnight auto supply have no conscious something that they do could result in somebody’s death and they wouldn’t care.

      your situation could of turned out to been tragic with injuries or loss of life. you have to lock everything up now.

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