ST. GEORGE — A 19-year-old man lost control of his Honda Odyssey van early Friday morning and collided with a guardrail on Interstate 15 near mile marker 2.
Just before 6 a.m., Sean Nicholas Mason, of Beaver Dam, was on his way to work, traveling northbound in the slow lane on I-15 just south of the Southern Parkway Exit, when he said he suddenly felt his van jerk to the right.
“I was driving down the road and the front right tire blew. I felt the van pull to the left and I hit the guardrail,” Mason said. “The back end swung out and I spun out like five times back across the road. I hit the other guard rail and finally stopped.”
The woman driving the car behind the van had to slam on her brakes and once he came to a stop she pulled over and ran to the vehicle, Mason said.
St. George Communications Center received a call that a vehicle had struck the guardrail, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Pratt said. UHP and St. George Police responded to the scene. The right lane around the incident was closed for about 15 minutes and St. George police officers assisted with traffic control.
“The driver said the van jerked to the right and it caused him to spin out,” Pratt said.
Mason was wearing his seatbelt and the van’s airbags deployed upon impact.
“Good thing he was wearing a seatbelt,” Pratt said.
Mason was issued a citation for failing to operate in one lane and his van was towed. The guardrail on the left side of the road peeled away from the cable barriers and approximately $1,000 worth of damage was caused by the collision, Pratt said.
“It’s crazy. I had a dream last night that I got into an accident and I kept spinning,” Mason said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders and others on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Update: In a follow-up communication, Pratt said that the van’s tire had not blown out, nor was there any visible damage involved that would have triggered the van’s spinning around.
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