Drowsy driving suspected in morning rollover off I-15

ST. GEORGE – Drowsy driving is suspected to be the cause of a rollover on Interstate 15 just south of Exit 2 Sunday morning.

Drowsy driving is suspected to be a factor in a rollover on northbound I-15 near Exit 2 in St. George, Utah, July 26, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Drowsy driving is suspected to be a factor in a rollover on northbound I-15 near Exit 2 in St. George, Utah, July 26, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The Utah Highway Patrol and other agencies were alerted to a highway rollover that landed in a wash around 7:30 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, they found a white passenger car that had rolled and landed on its top near the bottom of a wash.

The driver, a man in his early 40s, had spent the night in Las Vegas and was traveling to Salt Lake City to see friends, UHP Trooper Mike Murphy said.

“Drowsy driving is suspected,” Murphy said, adding that, at that point in the investigation, no other forms of impairment appeared to be a factor in the crash.

The driver remembers making a lane change, then hearing rumble strips, then being in the wash, the trooper said.

The man was wearing his seat belt and was able to walk away from the crash. He experienced minor injuries and was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for evaluation at his request.

Drowsy driving is suspected to be a factor in a rollover on northbound I-15 near Exit 2 in St. George, Utah, July 26, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Drowsy driving is suspected to be a factor in a rollover on northbound I-15 near Exit 2 in St. George, Utah, July 26, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and there was no major damage to highway infrastructure, Murphy said. Whether or not the driver is cited in the incident will depend on the outcome of the investigation.

St. George Police and Gold Cross Ambulance also responded to the scene.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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6 Comments

  • ladybugavenger July 26, 2015 at 11:45 am

    #getsomesleep…….drowsy driving is beginning to be an epidemic in St George or is it…… something more sinister….

  • anybody home July 26, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Another “drowsy” driver – do you mean somebody was asleep at the wheel or that they it was a druggie?

  • anybody home July 26, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Correction – “or that the person was a druggie?”

  • Free Parking July 26, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Probably still drowsy from discussing the ” Doctrine ” all day

    • mesaman July 26, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      You need therapy, or a move to a more hospitable clime. There’s no future here except for the increased potential for cancer, heart problems, or high blood pressure caused by your unbridled stress. That will be $5 please.

  • Free Parking July 26, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Tell us about it mesaidiot unlike religious bigots like you. this is for free

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