WASHINGTON CITY — A man was taken to the hospital Saturday morning after a single-car accident on Interstate 15, just north of the Washington Parkway Exit in Washington City.
Just before 9:30 a.m., the Utah Highway Patrol received reports of a possibly impaired motorist driving erratically in a Nissan Altima on I-15, and an attempt to locate broadcast was issued for the vehicle.
UHP Trooper Grant Hintze said he was watching for the vehicle at about milepost 10 when reports came in regarding a crash at milepost 14.
When Hintze responded to the crash site, he discovered the crashed car was the same vehicle that had been listed in the earlier attempt to locate broadcast.
The southbound vehicle apparently spun, and both sides of the car hit the cable barrier that separates the lanes, Hintze said. The car then careened across the southbound lanes, going off the right shoulder.
“The driver appears to not have been wearing his seat belt, ending up in the passenger seat,” Hintze said.
Airbags deployed in the Nissan during the crash.
“Witnesses and motorists stopped to assist,” Hintze said. “A search and rescue gentleman from California and then a nurse, probably from out of state — they assisted to keep the patient stabilized until medical and fire arrived on scene.”
The driver was unconscious when medical teams arrived, Hintze said, but he regained consciousness several minutes later.
The driver was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.
Hintze said an investigation is being conducted to determine whether impaired driving played a role in the crash, but no citations have been issued as this report is published, pending medical tests.
Traffic was slow on southbound I-15 for about 45 minutes while investigation and cleanup of the accident took place.
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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