TOQUERVILLE — Three vehicles were involved in a traffic incident on Interstate 15 Tuesday around 6:49 p.m. reportedly precipitated by a deer on the highway near Toquerville.
James Choi, of Temecula, Calif., lost control of his gray Mazda 6 near mile post 29 on I-15, trying to avoid a deer in the road, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Pratt said. The Mazda then pin-balled between the guard rails on either side of the freeway, he said, and came to a stop facing oncoming traffic.
A dark gray Mini Cooper, driven by Aarti Mehpa, was heading southbound on I-15 and slowed to avoid the Mazda, Pratt said. Mehpa told UHP that she came upon the Mazda while it was still spinning and slowed to a stop to avoid hitting it.
As she slowed for the Mazda, Mehpa’s Mini Cooper was rear-ended by an orange Chevy Cruz, driven by Samuel Barlow of Colorado City, Ariz., Pratt said, and he was cited for following too close.
Emergency medical crews responded to the accident, Pratt said, but everyone involved denied medical attention. No injuries were reported.
The Mazda was towed from the scene, Pratt said, but the other two cars were driven off by their respective drivers.
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