ST. GEORGE – A 54-year-old man was extricated from his vehicle and transported to the hospital with significant injuries Sunday after his vehicle crashed through landscaping and utility boxes before smashing through a portion of a retaining wall and an iron gate near 767 S. Dixie Drive.
At approximately 4:41 p.m., the man, driving a 2001 Honda Accord, was traveling northbound on Dixie Drive when his vehicle left the roadway, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said.
“Basically, he went straight when the road turned,” Holmes said. “He struck the curb and sidewalk first before he hit the iron gate which spun his vehicle around.”
The man, who was not wearing his seatbelt, had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George via ambulance with injuries to his head, arms and legs. Although, the injuries were non-life threatening, Holmes said, the injuries were significant.
“There were no other vehicles or people involved,” Holmes said, “just him, the sidewalk and the wall.”
Witnesses estimated the man was traveling faster than the speed limit, Holmes said. The man is also being investigated for alcohol impairment.
“There are charges that look like will be coming from (the DUI) portion of the investigation, as well as the improper lane travel,” Holmes said. “It’s early on in the DUI part of the investigation but he is cooperating with the officers on that.”
Although Holmes didn’t have an estimate on the total cost of damages incurred during the collision, he said the cost will be significant because there was extensive damage done to the wall and the gate.
The Honda Accord was totaled and had to be towed from the scene.
Both northbound traffic lanes were closed for approximately an hour while crews worked to clear the scene.
“It’s pretty significant,” Holmes said, “for not wearing his seatbelt, he’s lucky to be alive.”
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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