Standing water on I-15 causes car to spin out, crash

Standing water on Interstate 15 near milepost 33 causes Lincoln Zephyr to spin out of control and hit the cement barrier. Washington County, Utah, Aug. 7, 2015 | Photo by Jessica Tempfer, St. George News

WASHINGTON COUNTY Standing water on Interstate 15 caused a car to hydroplane and crash into a cement barrier Friday afternoon.

Just before 2 p.m., Utah Highway Patrol responded to an accident on northbound I-15 near milepost 33.

Standing water on Interstate 15 near milepost 33 causes Lincoln Zephyr to spin out of control and hit the cement barrier. Washington County, Utah, Aug. 7, 2015 | Photo by Jessica Tempfer, St. George News
Standing water on Interstate 15 near milepost 33 causes Lincoln Zephyr to spin out of control and hit the cement barrier. Washington County, Utah, Aug. 7, 2015 | Photo by Jessica Tempfer, St. George News

A woman driving a Lincoln Zephyr was traveling about 75 mph in the far left lane when she hit standing water, UHP Trooper Grant Hintze said.

The water on the road caused the car to hydroplane and spin several times, Hintze said. Both the front and rear of the car hit the concrete barrier.

The driver had three children in the back seat of the car. Those involved in the crash were all wearing their seat belts, Hintze said.

The front air bags deployed inside the car, but no injuries were reported.

The car sustained damage to the front end and back bumper. The car had to be towed from the scene.

The driver was given a citation for driving too fast for the weather conditions.

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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8 Comments

  • ladybugavenger August 7, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Surprised she didn’t get an improper lane change ticket too 😉

  • fun bag August 7, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    The family in this vehicle was extremely lucky that the vehicle didn’t roll and possible kill the occupants. Higher rates of speed increase likelihood of hydroplaning, and we can assume that this driver was probably going closer to 85-90mph rather than the claimed 75mph, otherwise we would see multiple vehicles hydroplaning in the same vicinity. We hope this driver learns not to endanger the lives of her children again with her poor decision making…

  • Michael August 8, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Once again a driver gets into an accident and gets a ticket. Don’t you think the loss of property and the horrible experience is usually enough of a life lesson. I guess the cops gotta pay their wages, but I thought our tax money did that?

  • Free Parking August 8, 2015 at 9:56 am

    It broke my heart to see the car damaged because the operator is an idiot

  • Free Parking August 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I left room for the neighborhood blowhard REAL LIFE DORK to come on line and say something stupid like he always does

  • Free Parking August 8, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Double fundraiser… she has kids.!

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