WASHINGTON COUNTY – Rain drenched Southern Utah on Monday, making for slick driving conditions and standing water on Interstate 15, causing one driver to roll his vehicle near Browse Exit 30.
A man driving north on I-15 hydroplaned on standing water, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Grant Hintze said, rolling his vehicle at least once before it came to rest upside down in the median.
The driver was able to crawl out of the vehicle, Hintze said, and suffered only a minor head injury. The man was wearing a seat belt and airbags deployed correctly.
No lanes were closed, he said, but traffic did slow for a period of time.
“When we do have this light rain or these weather conditions, sometimes people underestimate the amount of speed that they can be going,” Hintze said.
Hintze added that there are a lot of hills from about mile marker 27 northbound, and even though there is good drainage on the road, sometimes the water comes down so fast that little pools of standing water occur.
If drivers see standing water on the roadway, Hintze said, they should always bring down their speed.
“Slow it down. Watch out for standing water – if you think you see it on the road, it probably is,” Hintze said. ” … It’s better to be safe than sorry.”
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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