ST. GEORGE — After being ejected from his vehicle during a rollover on state Route 9 just west of Rockville, a Hurricane man in his early 20s was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George Monday afternoon. Utah Highway Patrol troopers investigating the accident found suspected drugs and paraphernalia.
Around 1:50 p.m., the man was traveling eastbound on SR-9 at mile post 24 just west of Rockville, where, UHP Sgt. Danny Ferguson said, he curved too much and hit a driveway, launching his Toyota Corolla about 50-100 feet. The vehicle descended, hit a fence and then bolted off a hillside, clearing another 4-foot fence, which resulted in the car rolling multiple times.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office, UHP, Springdale Police and LaVerkin Police responded to the scene.
The driver was apparently not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car through the driver’s side window, Ferguson said. A medical helicopter was requested and then cancelled and the man was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center.
The man’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Prior to the accident, the driver had been reported for acting suspiciously and yelling at people near a Maverik gas station, Ferguson said. Upon investigation of the car, UHP troopers found suspicious items including what they believed to be marijuana and paraphernalia, Ferguson said. The driver was charged with driving under the influence.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Report revised June 24 as follows: The Toyota involved in the incident was a Toyota Corolla, UHP spokesman confirmed Tuesday. It was described in first version published as a truck and corrections have been made throughout the report. The accident occurred just west of Rockville at mile post 24 on state Route 9; clarification as to location made.
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