Man crashes into concrete barrier on SR-9; Life Flight responds

One vehicle accident crashing into the bridge at 5000 West and State Street, Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 28, 2014 | Photo by Jeremy Crawford, St. George News

HURRICANE – For reasons yet to be determined a man driving west on state Route 9 around 2 p.m. on Tuesday crashed head-on into a concrete barrier on the side of a bridge crossing the Virgin River in the area of 5000 West in Hurricane.

The vehicle crossed over all lanes of traffic on SR-9, Hurricane Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said, and crashed head-on into the barrier. There were no passengers in the vehicle and no other vehicles involved in the incident.

The man was taken by ambulance to the parking lot of the Washington County Department of Motor Vehicles at 5300 West and SR-9 where he was transferred to a Life Flight medical helicopter for airlift to the hospital.

Residents of the Quail Lake Estates mobile home park east of the bridge said they heard but did not witness the crash.

There were no visible skid marks on the road surface.

Both eastbound lanes were closed after the incident, but have since been opened to one lane in the eastbound direction.

St. George News Reporter Natalie Barrett contributed to this report.

The investigation is ongoing as to why the crash occurred and officers are still on scene. Status of the man’s condition and what hospital he was flown to had not been reported to Buell at the time of this report.

This report is based in part on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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One vehicle accident crashing into the bridge at  5000 West and State Street, Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 28, 2014 | Photo by Jeremy Crawford, St. George News
One vehicle accident crashing into the bridge at 5000 West and State Street, Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 28, 2014 | Photo by Jeremy Crawford, St. George News

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4 Comments

  • anon January 28, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    STOP … TEXTING WHILE DRIVING PEOPLE!!!
    Ed. ellipsis

    • JOSH DALTON January 29, 2014 at 8:20 am

      I know that’s right!!

  • luckyoneoffive January 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    How do you guys know that he was texting and driving? It doesn’t mention that in the article..it could have been something entirely different..shouldn’t assume things unless you have the facts

    • Bub January 30, 2014 at 11:21 am

      THE FACTS: not a good idea to text and drive…

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