ST. GEORGE — Southbound traffic on Interstate 15 slowed to a crawl Monday just south of Exit 10 following a rollover.
Around 12:30 p.m., a tire on a Geo Tracker blew out and caused it to roll off the roadway. The Utah Highway Patrol was quickly dispatched to the scene and was joined by personnel from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Utah Department of Transportation.
“Upon inspection by myself and others on scene,” UHP Trooper Matthew Pratt said, “(we) noticed the tires were extremely bald and extremely sun-baked and cracked.”
The wear on the tires is what caused the blowout and triggered the roll, Pratt said.
Traffic on southbound I-15 slowed for at least 10-20 minutes for about half a mile, starting around Exit 10 as responders tended to the situation. The intersection of Red Hills Parkway and Green Springs Drive also became congested with motorists hoping to avoid the slowed highway traffic.
The driver of the Geo Tracker, an adult male, was wearing his seat belt and came out of the crash uninjured, Pratt said.
The driver was cited for driving on unsafe tires, and the Geo Tracker had to be towed from the scene.
No other vehicles or people were involved in the incident.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Ed. Note: The make of the vehicle has been corrected.
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