ST. GEORGE – A missing 76-year-old man was found alive Monday morning in the driver’s seat of his vehicle which had slammed into a wall and down an embankment that was not visible from the road.
Officers took a report of a missing person around 1 a.m. Monday morning after a man had left home and not returned, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said. Police began looking to see where the man had gone, but were unable to locate him.
“Today, we responded to a report of a traffic accident on Black Ridge Drive,” Despain said. “This gentleman was found to have crashed his vehicle on Black Ridge Drive near 1700 S.”
After a preliminary investigation, authorities said they believe that the man had crashed his vehicle sometime Sunday afternoon, and was not found until Monday morning, Despain said.
“Where this car ended up is not visible from the road,” Despain Said. “(The man) had gone off the roadway and crashed his car into a brick wall. This morning someone walking by saw the car, saw that he was in there, and called for help.”
The man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George via Gold Cross Ambulance with non life-threatening injuries. Lifeflight had been paged out, but when emergency responders got to the man, they found he was awake and responsive.
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