WASHINGTON CITY – Two people were transported to the hospital Monday afternoon after a man traveling southbound on Interstate 15, near milepost 14, lost control of his vehicle and collided with another car before going up the side of a concrete barrier, at which point, his vehicle rolled and came to a rest on its side.
At approximately 12:40 p.m., a man driving a white GMC SUV traveling southbound on I-15 was likely driving too fast as he came down around a corner just prior to the Washington Parkway Exit, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Grant Hintze said.
“Traffic was backed up just a little bit and he came just around the corner, possibly too fast for the condition, bounced off the concrete barrier on the right side of the road and possibly off the left side – this is according to witnesses – and then he made contact with this gold Toyota car on the backend,” Hintze said, “spinning them out.”
After hitting the gold Toyota car, the white SUV rolled off the concrete barrier before coming to a rest on its side below the side of the mountain.
The gold Toyota car, occupied by an elderly couple, spun out, hit the concrete barrier and then came to a rest head-on against the mountainside, Hintze said.
Medical personnel arrived on scene to safely assist the driver of the white SUV out the back window of the SUV. He sustained at least a laceration on his forehead and complained of back pain, Hintze said, and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical in St. George via ambulance.
The woman driving the gold Toyota car did not report any injuries. However, her male passenger had to be removed from the vehicle by medical personnel and was subsequently transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center via ambulance due to the injuries he sustained.
“The driver of the SUV will possibly be issued a speed citation – too fast for conditions,” Hintze said.
The right southbound traffic lane was closed for approximately an hour, slowing and backing up traffic to milepost 17.
As the scene was being cleared, a tow truck arrived on scene and clipped the side of a Washington City Fire truck that was parked at the top of the hill directing traffic.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by UHP at the scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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