1 taken to hospital after PIT maneuver-style crash on I-15

Two cars collided Monday while the driver of an SUV was merging onto Interstate 15, sending the driver of a passenger car on a wild ride, Washington County, Utah, Aug. 22, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A car ended up at the top of a hill from the impact of a two-vehicle collision Monday on Interstate 15 which thrust both vehicles off the right side of the road.

A Nissan came to rest about 50 feet off the highway after a Mitsubishi SUV tapped it while merging on to Interstate 15 Monday. Washington, Utah, Aug. 22, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A Nissan came to rest about 50 feet off the highway after a Mitsubishi SUV ran into it while merging onto Interstate 15, Washington County, Utah, Aug. 22, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

At approximately 3:13 p.m., a California driver of a Nissan car was in the left lane of southbound I-15 near milepost 16 while the St. George driver of a Mitsubishi SUV was merging onto the Interstate from the state Route 9 on-ramp, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Larry Mower said.

The driver of the Mitsubishi told troopers he didn’t see the Nissan until he felt contact with his vehicle, Mower said.

The resulting collision was not unlike the PIT maneuver officers perform on vehicles that won’t stop for them.

The collision sent both cars skidding onto the right shoulder of the Interstate. The Mitsubishi came to rest at the side of the road, but the Nissan continued up a dirt hill and came to rest about 50 feet off the side of the road.

“It was apparently a real Disneyland ride,” Mower said. “I would have thought only a truck could get up that hill.”

The driver of the Nissan was taken by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to be checked out.

“More of a precaution than anything,” Mower said. “He went for a ride.”

The driver of the Mitsubishi did not report any injuries as a result of the crash, Mower said, adding that both drivers had been wearing their seat belts.

The driver of the Mitsubishi was issued a citation for improper lane change.

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

  • .... August 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Not paying attention creates situations like this and thankfully no one was hurt. but this could of been so much worse depending on the landscape. at least both parties involved will be home with their loved ones. .Praise the Lord !

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