Driver loses control on SR-18, careens down embankment

Man hooks the red Alero to a tow strap to pull it up from the embankment off state Route 18 near mile marker 6, Utah, Jan. 3, 2015 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — St. George Police officers responded to an accident on state Route 18 near mile marker 6 Saturday morning after a report of a car skidding off the roadway and down the embankment.

Around 9 a.m., a man driving a red Oldsmobile Alero was traveling southbound on SR-18. As he neared mile marker 6 he lost control of the car, St. George Police Sgt. Rich Triplett said. The car spun 180 degrees, struck a post which left an indentation behind the passenger side door, and then continued down the steep embankment where it came to rest on the west side of a fence.

The Alero gets pulled up from the embankment off state Route 18 near mile marker 6, Utah, Jan. 3, 2015 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
The Alero gets pulled up from the embankment off state Route 18 near mile marker 6, Utah, Jan. 3, 2015 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

St. George Police, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene.

“He (the driver) said a vehicle passed him which caused a wind gust causing him to lose control,” Triplett said. “There was a witness that said there were no other vehicles around.”

The fact that the car didn’t roll is miraculous, Triplett said.

A tow truck pulled the car up the slope and onto the side of the road. The car showed minimal damage and was still operable.

The driver was cited for improper lane travel.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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17 Comments

  • Dave Rabbitt January 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    A “wind gust from a passing vehicle”??? What passed him? A top fuel dragster? Gimme a break. :/

  • asianspa January 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    The only big gust of wind is the hot one coming from this drivers mouth trying to explain away this accident….

    • cher January 5, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      No the cops added gust of wind … Jack
      Ed. ellipsis.

  • Floyd Kitchen January 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Check his Phone records. You will find the problem. Passing Vehicle blew him off the road. Right??

  • evil twins mommy January 3, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Either way the driver was there but none of you were. so we’ll go by what the driver says

    • DesertBill January 3, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Except the police said “There was a witness that said there were no other vehicles around.”

    • Mean Momma January 4, 2015 at 12:14 am

      Naw… I’d rather go by what the witness said.

    • cher January 5, 2015 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you you’re right there was a truck that also took off that cause d accident

  • Don Gilman January 3, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    We came upon this accident moments after it happened and stopped to help. I was so afraid what I was going to see as I approached the embankment. So thankful that this kid was okay, I really expected to see a smashed up car lying upside down when I got there. He was very, very fortunate.

  • NewGuy January 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    After considering the report and speculations thus far, It seams likely to me a possible low flying drone or a urinating deer distracted the sober driver. Or maybe a ‘Hands Up- Don’t Shoot’ protester’s sign. And a citation for a improper lane travel violation? What the heck does that mean?
    (hum) Maybe the driver might be in terrible trouble with the BLM for violating the turtles stomping grounds during mating season .

    • cher January 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Get a life … bite your a idiot
      Ed. ellipsis.

  • asianspa January 4, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Definitely a drone! The driver was probably one of those Libertarian pro gun kooks and the driver was on some watchlist! There were chemtrails spotted in the area too….

  • cher January 5, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Cop’s or writer put there two cents worth he never said a gust of wind made him lose control , a truck started coming over the line at him he had to pull car to prevent a head on accident and lost control and over the cliffs he went could of been deadly so why are you jerks making your dum a** comment s here get a life ,next time it could be your mother down there would you poke fun think not . Grow up
    Ed. ellipses

  • cher January 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    New guy your probably a ugly low life sicko with no friends and no life this guy is a stand up citizen with high value s in life I’m sure unlike you . A person who gets off being a dum smart a..* behind closed doors only of course . What do you guys do sit here waiting to be a jacka..* ?
    *Ed. ellipses

  • cher January 5, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Kitchen…your wrong have you ever heard of free hand calls Jack your wrong that might be your style not his …* good thing you didn’t make a bet on your asuassuming you would lose your butt Jack you know what they say about assuming makes a …* out of you Jack …you don’t know …*
    Ed. ellipses: …*

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