HURRICANE – One street light, two trees and four parked vehicles were damaged today as a truck crisscrossed through oncoming traffic, medians and sidewalks along two-and-a-half blocks of state Route 9 in Hurricane before it came to a halt. Fortunately several of the other drivers who encountered the vehicle were able to swerve out of the way and no one was injured from the accident.
“We’re very thankful in this incident that people were paying attention, they were alert and aware of their surroundings … and that they were able to avoid being hit by this vehicle,” Hurricane Police Sgt. Brandon Buell told St. George news.
At around 1 p.m. a man from the Hurricane Valley area driving a white GMC truck swerved out of his westbound lane and began a crash course near 120 East on SR-9.
The truck crossed over the center median barrier drove through oncoming traffic and continued driving forward while smashing into a tree and a street light on the sidewalk, Buell said.
The truck continued driving but swerved back across oncoming traffic, hit the center median again and bounced back to the sidewalk where it struck another tree and a parked vehicle. At this point the vehicle continued forward on the wrong side of the road, for about a block as other vehicles swerved out of the way.
At about 100 West, the vehicle crossed over back into the proper lane of travel but off the right side of the road and ran into three parked vehicles along the way when it finally came to rest just past 100 West, Buell said.
All the vehicles that were hit were unoccupied parked vehicles and no people were injured along the way. After police officers conducted an investigation, it was determined that the driver was having a medical issue at the time.
“Hurricane Fire and Ambulance addressed the medical issue and was able to get that back under control,” Buell said.
The man had no injuries from the accident and besides being treated on scene for a medical issue was not transported to the hospital.
“We’re very fortunate that there wasn’t a head-on crash or something worse,” Buell said.
The Hurricane Police Department as well as the Hurricane Fire and Ambulance assisted with the incident.
The westbound lane was blocked for a short period of time and the vehicle was towed from the scene.
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