Santa Clara man in critical condition after I-15 crash near Cedar

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CEDAR CITY – A 38-year-old Santa Clara man is in critical condition after his vehicle collided with two overpass pillars on Interstate 15 and caught fire Saturday afternoon.

The car hit the first pillar while traveling northbound on I-15 near mile marker 47,  just south of Cedar City at around 3:30 p.m. Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lawrence Hopper said that there were no passengers in the car when it drifted off the left shoulder of the road and struck the pillar on the driver’s side of the car. The vehicle then went into a spin and hit the second pillar, again on the driver’s side.

The car caught fire after coming to a rest; however passing motorists were able to free the unconscious man from the car before the flames reached him. The driver was taken by ambulance to Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and no one else was injured in the accident. The name of the driver has not yet been released.

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3 Comments

  • Ron Truman September 8, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I certainly hope this man is okay. What is with all these single car crashes and roll overs lately? I don’t remember hearing about so many so close together in the past. I wonder if most of them involve some form of distracted driving? Is so, how can we be better educated of the risks to make the roads a safer place for all of us?

    • Grace Wilde September 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Any Updates on his condition? I was driving through from Caliornia and was in scene helping get the fire out and helping get him out and render aid while we waited for EMT and firefighters. The two-three guys who actually did the final pull to get this man out are true heroes. After he was pulled out the car became fully engulfed in flames. It wasn’t easy because the car was so crushed and damaged. He has been in my prayers as has his family. I will never forget that day.

  • Jennifer Anastasi September 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I was also at the scene of the accident. I havent been able to forget that day either. I know i never will. I have tried everyday since that day, to find out howthe driver is. I emailed the author of the only article that i could find about the accident but havent heard back. I called the hospital he was taken to but they couldnt tell me anything unless i knew his first and last name. I only know his first name. Grace, were you wearing a purple shirt on saturday? If that was you, i just wanted to say thank you. You may not have puled the young man out of his car but you told him that “we love you.” you talked with me and you helped direct traffic too. I didnt say goodbye to you but i wanted to say thanks and i think youre a hero too. I pray for the man who was rescued that day and i hope he’ll be okay.

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