Out of control SUV crashes into I-15 median

TOQUERVILLE — A driver lost control of his Ford Bronco SUV in the southbound lane of Interstate 15 Wednesday afternoon and took evasive action to avoid a guardrail, sending him careening into trees and bushes in the median.

A driver lost control of his Ford Bronco on Interstate 15 near Toquerville, Utah, sustaining damage in the accident April 6, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News
A driver lost control of his Ford Bronco on Interstate 15 near Toquerville, Utah, sustaining damage in the accident, April 6, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News

At approximately 1 p.m., law enforcement and emergency responders received a call that a vehicle had crashed into the trees in the median of I-15 near the Toquerville exit.

Upon arrival, Utah Highway Patrol troopers found the driver, despite damage to his SUV, had driven his vehicle out of the median, back onto the highway and crossed to the right shoulder of I-15.

“He was traveling southbound right here at milepost 27, drifted off the road a little bit, hit the rumble strip,” UHP Sgt. Larry Mower said.  “(He) said he thought he might hit that guardrail, even though he went off a considerable ways ahead of the guardrail, so he actually jerked the wheel to the left, thinking he was going to hit the guardrail. Went down the hill … and hit some trees and hit a big rock.”

The driver of the Ford thought he might have blown a tire immediately preceding the accident, but on investigation, UHP troopers could find no tire remnants on scene, Mower said.

A driver lost control of his Ford Bronco on Interstate 15 near Toquerville, Utah, sustaining damage in the accident April 6, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News
A driver lost control of his Ford Bronco on Interstate 15 near Toquerville, Utah, sustaining damage in the accident April 6, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News

“It just appears that he just kind of drifted over the line,” he said.

The driver suffered some minor cuts and abrasions on his arm from broken glass, but was cleared by emergency personnel on scene.

No citations were issued.

The SUV was towed from the scene.

Utah Highway Patrol and Leeds Area Fire and Rescue 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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8 Comments

  • ladybugavenger April 7, 2016 at 9:55 am

    That’s right no citation! – a citation would be unnecessary. No one else involved, the driver sustained minor injury, his vehicle is inoperable. Insurance rates are going up.

    • .... April 7, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      I agree. but look down and and see what the RealMcStupid spewed out. ..

      • Aaron_Pugh April 15, 2016 at 6:01 pm

        “RealMcStupid”… ?

        Really? You deserve these critiques I’m giving you now. You’re really a 4th generation newsman? Did your relatives come from the prestigious newspaper known as ‘The Spectrum’?

    • Aaron_Pugh April 15, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      So… his self-inflicted damage is punishment enough? Nah. I think a citation should be issued. Maybe he’d remember to not drive like an idiot in the future – where he might end up hurting someone else.

  • RealMcCoy April 7, 2016 at 10:58 am

    So where is the citation for failure to maintain inside his lane? For leaving the roadway and crashing? Was the ditch not deep enough to qualify as a canyon?
    Oh right, it’s Utah Highway Patrol. They don’t tend to add insult to injury.
    #NiceWorkUHPstaySafe

    • .... April 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Another episode of your useless and idiotic drivel. #getoutofmommiesbasement

      • RealMcCoy April 8, 2016 at 11:49 am

        Just making sure you’re entertained, dotboy!

  • Roy J April 7, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Uh oh, looks like Walt Longmire was investigating the contents of that beer can a little too closely…XD

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