Injured driver taken to hospital after crashing into waffle food truck on Interstate 15

White Chevy Malibu near median after collision on I-15 northbound, near mile marker 30, Washington County, Utah, Mar. 24, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A woman was transported to the hospital with head injuries after losing control of her vehicle when a tire came off, sending her car crashing into a waffle food truck on Interstate 15 Thursday afternoon.

Approaching 2-car accident on I-15 northbound, near mile marker 30, Washington County, Utah, Mar. 24, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
Approaching a 2-car accident on I-15 northbound, near mile marker 30, Washington County, Utah, Mar. 24, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Shortly after 3 p.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to an accident on I-15 northbound near Toquerville, just south of mile marker 30. Upon arrival, officers found a white Chevrolet Malibu in the far left shoulder at the median of the Interstate with an injured female inside, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jalaine Hawkes said.

The waffle food truck also came to rest in the median after the collision and was found nearby.

The woman sustained a laceration to the back of her head and a large bump on her forehead, Hawkes said. She was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to be treated for her injuries.

White Chevy Malibu near median after collision on I-15 northbound, near mile marker 30, Washington County, Utah, Mar. 24, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
White Chevy Malibu near median after collision on I-15 northbound, near mile marker 30, Washington County, Utah, Mar. 24, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

The woman was driving northbound on the freeway and as she approached mile marker 30 one of the tires came off her vehicle, Hawkes said.  At that point the driver lost control, and the vehicle went spinning directly into the path of the waffle food truck traveling behind her.

The impact from the collision sent the Malibu careening into the median of I-15 until it finally came to rest near the freeway divider. The delivery truck also came to a stop in the median, just a few feet from the Malibu, Hawkes said.

The driver of the delivery truck reported no injuries and only minimal damage to his vehicle, Hawkes said.  The man was able to drive it from the scene.

The Malibu sustained extensive damage to the front end, in addition to the passenger side panel of the vehicle, rendering it inoperable. It was subsequently towed from the scene.

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah Department of Transportation’s Incident Management Team and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene.

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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