Police: Driver doesn’t check blind spot, overcorrects and crashes off side of I-15

Scene of a one-car crash near the Interstate 15 southbound on-ramp at Exit 62, Cedar City, Utah, June 5, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — A driver who failed to properly check her blind spot shortly after entering Interstate 15 in Cedar City ended up overcorrecting and crashing her car, police said.

The incident, which involved a dark green Honda Accord sedan with four occupants, occurred around 2 p.m. Tuesday just south of the entrance ramp to southbound I-15 at Exit 62.

Scene of a one-car crash near the Interstate 15 southbound on-ramp at Exit 62, Cedar City, Utah, June 5, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Nielson said the car had just entered the freeway via the on-ramp.

“The driver of this car was getting on the freeway headed southbound and as she was getting ready to merge into the number two travel lane, she didn’t see the other vehicle in her blind spot,” he said. “She didn’t get her blind spot checked good enough and started to move over. I think they honked and that caught her attention, and she overcorrected.”

The vehicle, which had one other adult occupant besides the driver, plus two children on board, then swerved and went off the right side of the interstate, crashing through a wire fence at the bottom of the hill and coming to rest tipped up on its driver’s side. The car ended up a few feet from the east shoulder of Freeway Drive, directly across the street from JR’s Truck Stop.

Nielson said aside from a few minor scrapes and cuts, no injuries were reported.

“Nobody had to be transported. They’re all still on scene, and they were checked out by medical. Everybody’s fine.”

Meanwhile, the other vehicle involved in the near-collision, a Toyota minivan with several occupants, pulled over a short distance down the road and remained at the scene. The minivan’s occupants walked back to make sure everyone in the Honda was OK, Nielson said, adding that no citations were issued in connection with the incident.

The Honda sustained significant damage and a tow truck was summoned to remove it from the scene.

Cedar City Police Department and Cedar City Fire Department personnel were among those also responding to the incident.

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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