Drowsy driver runs into guardrail, continues driving

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A drowsy driver heading south on Interstate 15 Saturday struck a center cable barrier around milepost 33, inflicting considerable damage to her vehicle. The driver continued approximately 20 more miles before being pulled over by a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy.

A 2004 Ford Explorer pickup that had extensive damage after the driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the center guardrail on Dec. 26, 2015 |Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News
A 2004 Ford Explorer pickup that had extensive damage after the driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into the center guardrail at milepost 33 on Interstate 15, Washington County, Utah, Dec. 26, 2015 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News

The 2004 silver Ford Explorer pickup was being driven by a 62-year-old woman who told officers that she fell asleep at the wheel, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Seth Spencer said.

An attempt to locate call was broadcast around 3:45 p.m., the trooper said, and the driver of the Explorer was pulled over around mile marker 13.

“She went off and hit (the) center guardrail, the cable barrier, come back on,” Spencer said. “She thought she could get back home. Obviously there’s a lot of damage to her vehicle.”

Front end damage on a 2004 Ford Explorer pickup that collided with the center guardrail on Dec. 26, 2015 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News
Front-end damage on a 2004 Ford Explorer pickup that collided with the center guardrail at milepost 33 on Interstate 15. Washington County, Utah, Dec. 26, 2015 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News

The Explorer had extensive damage to the front and rear and had a shredded rear driver-side tire.

No other vehicles were involved, Spencer said.

Officers ran an impairment test which came back negative, he said. The driver was issued a citation for failure to operate within a single lane.

The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Utah Highway Patrol responded to 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.

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1 Comment

  • ladybugavenger December 27, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I’m drowsy right now! I suppose I’ll relax and get some sleep as opposed to going for a drive….zzzzzzzzzz

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