Driver slams car into light pole after exiting I-15

ST. GEORGE — Authorities believe a vehicle crash off Interstate 15 Saturday evening may have been due to medical issues.

Police responded to a crash at around 6:30 p.m. near the Exit 8 off-ramp of I-15.

Driver is transported when his vehicle leaves the roadway and slams into a light pole on the Exit 8 off-ramp of Interstate 15 Saturday, St. George, Utah, Feb. 4, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

As he was leaving the interstate, a man driving a gold Saturn passenger car veered off the road just before slamming into a light pole, St. George Police Officer Ken Childs said.

When police arrived on scene, several witnesses were already assisting the driver of the crashed vehicle.

Childs said the driver appeared to be “light headed and almost in and out of consciousness.”

Firefighters and emergency medical personnel lifted the man out of the vehicle and prepared him for transport.

“At this point we are guessing it (the crash) might have been a medical issue,” Childs said, “so we had medical transport him to the hospital where he can be evaluated.”

Emergency responders found a dog sitting in the back seat of the vehicle, and the animal appeared to be uninjured.

“The dog maybe got a little ride as well but seems to be doing alright,” Childs said, “and now he’s just chilling on the back seat.”

A family member of the driver was contacted to pick up the dog while the driver was treated at the hospital, Childs said.

The officer said the driver was properly restrained with a seat belt at the time of the crash, and the car’s airbags deployed. The car sustained extensive damage and was subsequently towed from the scene. No serious injuries were reported.

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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  • Proud Rebel February 5, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I wonder if the dog was also restrained. I suspect so, if he was still in the car. Folks, it is important to restrain your pets in the car. First off, it keeps them a bit safer in case of a crash, or in case a car door is unexpectedly opened. Second, it may actually prevent a crash. How many of us have seen dogs crowding a driver? Don’t know about anybody else, but I sure don’t want to be in an accident because my Fido had distracted me.

  • .... February 5, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    It’s going to cost the tax payers $150.000.000 dollars to fix the dent in the light pole. I guy working 4 guys watching him work 3 guy watching the 4 guys watching the guy working and 2 guys watching the 3 guys watching the 4 guys watching the 1 guy working and 1 guy watching the 2 guys watching the 3 guys watching the 4 guys watching the 1 guy work and then have NSA listen to all the radio chat and tracking their cell phone calls.

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