Driver nods off, runs car into wall

Single-car accident at the intersection of 2260 State Street and Arlington Parkway. The driver allegedly fell asleep and ran the car into a stone wall, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Christine DeMille, St. George News

HURRICANE – Two people were taken to the hospital in serious condition Friday afternoon after their car plowed into a wall.

Single-car accident at the intersection of 2260 State Street and Arlington Parkway. The driver allegedly fell asleep and ran the car into a stone wall, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Christine DeMille, St. George News
Single-car accident at the intersection of 2260 State Street and Arlington Parkway. The driver allegedly fell asleep and ran the car into a stone wall, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 8, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Christine DeMille, St. George News

Hurricane City Police were alerted to a single-car accident in the area of 2260 W. State Street/state Route 9 and Rlington Parkway around 2:55 p.m., Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said.

A white 2014 Hyundai Sonata was traveling eastbound on SR-9 when it went to the right and left the roadway. It continued off road and went across Arlington Parkway and ultimately ran up an embankment and into a stone wall.

The Hyundai’s two occupants, the driver, a 71-year-old man, and a passenger, a 51-year-old woman, were both injured in the crash and reported in serious condition. The driver had to be extracted from the wreck. Both were transported by Hurricane Fire and Rescue to Dixie Regional Medical Center.

As to the cause of the crash, the driver allegedly told investigators he fell asleep at the wheel.

Arlington Parkway was shutdown for about an hour as responders dealt with the incident, Buell said.

Members of the Utah Department of Transportation were also on hand and assisted with traffic control.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Ed. note: The accident location of Arlington Parkway is corrected to read Rlington Parkway, as it is designated on Google maps.

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15 Comments

  • bw August 8, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    your people writing these stories sure don’t have very good photos to go with their stories

    • Brian August 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      They don’t have reporters that magically appear at every accident scene. If people on scene (cops or bystanders) provide good pictures then they have good pictures. If not, you take what you can get.

  • bob August 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    “fell asleep” is more likely a medical condition where his license should be revoked…

  • San August 8, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Glad to see Arlington spelled correctly, rather than phonetically as the sign reads (I kid you not) Rlington. You gotta wonder peeps……

    • Joe August 9, 2014 at 6:28 am

      It is not spelled correctly in the news report. The correct spelling is Rlington and not Arlington. Just because you would think that Rlington would start with an A, doesn’t mean the reporter reported it correctly by adding the A.

      • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic August 9, 2014 at 9:25 am

        Thanks Joe, I have made the change to “Rlington” based on the street’s designation on Google maps. Hope that puts this issue to rest. 🙂
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  • Opanke August 9, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Ha ha Ha ha ha, I live in that development and I often wonder about how Arlington is spelled and why. But after I was here for a few years it didn’t take much to figure it out.

  • Alvin August 9, 2014 at 9:23 am

    That subdivision was built in 1995, I think. I believe the developers were family in the Las Vegas Paving Corporation. That company earns about $400 Million a year now.
    As developers they can name streets whatever they choose to. Rlington could have been an inside joke, a race horse they owned or maybe some other meaning. Either way, I’m sure they don’t care what others think about that now.

    • StG Koolaid August 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

      I think Koolaid Avenue should be the name of the subdivision street where the church is built. I don’t understand why an imposing koolaid drinkers church is the first building in these subdivision. Maybe the idea is “If you build the koolaid stand, the koolaid drinkers will come!”

  • Ron August 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I sure hope that both driver and passenger make it okay. Hopefully, some lab work is done at the hospital to see why the driver fell asleep in the middle if the day.

  • My Evil Twin August 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    When you stop to realize that “Hurricane” is actually pronounced “Hurcan,” and that La Verkin is actually pronounced La Vere a kin, it sort of makes Rlington fit right in.
    I also here folks pronouncing Saguaro Drive as Sa G uaro, rather than the correct pronunciation of Sa H uaro.
    Lots of clueless people around. . .

    • My Evil Twin August 9, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Obviously, I am one of those clueless people. I meant to say I also HEAR, not I also here. sheesh, gonna be another one of “those days.” 🙁

    • StG Koolaid August 10, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Maybe that explains why the second “M” is silent when people talk about mormons. It’s the dialect.

  • Lisa August 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I thought Rlington was named by Scooby doo

  • roey August 11, 2014 at 12:47 am

    This accident is brutal. Or
    This guyis not normal.

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