Poor weather causes accident on SR-18

ST. GEORGE – Adverse weather conditions contributed to a single-vehicle accident on state Route 18 by Pinto Friday evening.

A Toyota Tundra crashed and flipped on its side on SR-18 after hydroplaning near milepost 34, Washington County, Utah, April 29, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A Toyota Tundra crashed and flipped on its side on SR-18 after hydroplaning near milepost 34, Washington County, Utah, April 29, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

A mix of intermittent yet heavy rains and hail fell over much of SR-18 beginning Friday afternoon and continued into the early evening. At around 6 p.m., a northbound Toyota Tundra hit a patch of water on the road and hydroplaned around milepost 34 near the turnoff into Pinto.

The hydroplaning Toyota went into the embankment on the west side of the road, spun around and hit the embankment again, ultimately flipping onto its side, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Taj Eldredge said.

The occupants of the Toyota, two men, were uninjured and declined medical transport by ambulance.

No citations were issued, Eldredge said. It was determined the driver was going under the posted speed limit – 65 mph in the area – when the incident occurred. It had began to hail shortly before the accident, Eldredge said, and with water already on the roadway from earlier flashes of rain and hail, weather conditions were considered a factor leading to the crash.

The Toyota Tundra was towed from the scene.

Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office also 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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Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

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1 Comment

  • knobe May 1, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Glad the guys were uninjured .
    My rain gauge / bucket had 3 inches of water from last weeks never ending storms .
    I called Seattle to ask them to take back their weather but I got voice mail .
    Seriously tho . . .
    I was just hoping that hail did Not get as large as Oklahoma’s { the baseball size stuff } !
    Good reminder too that hydroplaning can occur even when it is shallow water .

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