WASHINGTON COUNTY — Approximately 50 feet of cable barrier was taken out after an elderly driver crashed into it and continued driving northbound until his vehicle gave out near Pintura Tuesday night.
Just before 9:30 p.m. officers were dispatched to Interstate 15 near Exit 33 for a single-car accident after several motorists called 911 reporting a driver weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jalaine Hawkes said.
As authorities were en route they noticed a long stretch of cable barrier was damaged or missing. At the end of the damaged cable troopers found a red Mini Cooper near the median of the interstate with an elderly man inside.
As officers attempted to question the 87-year-old driver they discovered from the man’s answers that a possible medical issue may have contributed to the collision with the cable barrier, Hawkes said.
The driver told authorities he had no idea where he was, or how the accident occurred, and when asked for any family or emergency contacts the elderly man was unable to provide any information to police.
The driver stated he was uninjured during the collision.
The man was then transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for observation to determine if an underlying medical issue may have caused the crash, Hawkes said.
The Mini Cooper sustained extensive frontal damage and was subsequently towed from the scene.
The man’s family was located and informed of what occurred. No citations were issued, Hawkes said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
St. George News senior reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this report.
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