VIRGIN RIVER GORGE – A St. George man was transported to the hospital Tuesday morning after falling asleep at the wheel and crashing his car while traveling home from Las Vegas on Interstate 15.
At approximately 7:23 a.m. MST, 8:23 a.m. MDT, the 20-year-old man was northbound on I-15 near milepost 25 – 4 miles south of the Utah state line – when he dozed off and drifted off the roadway, Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John T. Bottoms said.
“He hit the rumble strip, which awakened him, and he overcorrected and slid off the road, hit a dirt embankment shoulder and crashed his car,” Bottoms said.
The man, driving a 2003 black Honda Civic, was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the collision.
“He lost a left front tire and wheel, and all the other tires flattened from sliding through the dirt and impacting the dirt shoulder,” Bottoms said. “The dirt shoulder is elevated, so it was like hitting a wall.”
While a passerby stopped and called 911 and waited for first responders to arrive, the man said he has no recollection of who stopped and helped him, Bottoms said.
“He doesn’t remember how he got out of the car,” Bottoms said. “He doesn’t know if he lost consciousness or not. He doesn’t remember anything. He just said that he was pretty tired and must have dozed off, and, as far as he can remember, he doesn’t remember anybody stopping to help him.”
The man was transported via Gold Cross Ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah, where he was treated for minor injuries and released, Bottoms said.
The crash blocked a portion of the right lane of traffic, but traffic was light at the time so the accident made no significant impact on traffic.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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