Driver wrecks on I-15; medical condition blamed

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Authorities’ search for an erratic driver ended in an emergency scene when the driver twice swerved over two lanes of Interstate 15 Monday afternoon and crashed into a guardrail.

Originally this came out as an ‘attempt to locate’ a vehicle that was swerving all over the road,” Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Grant Hintze said. “A witness following the vehicle reported a maroon colored PT Cruiser swerving all over the road, speeding up and then hitting its brakes suddenly.”

See video in the media player top of this report.

The Chrysler PT Cruiser was initially reported to be southbound at milepost 30, but while UHP troopers were looking for it, the witness called back about 1:20 p.m. and said the automobile had wrecked at milepost 28.

The PT Cruiser initially served toward the right-side guardrail, missing it by inches, then overcorrected, Hintze said, taking the vehicle across the lanes of traffic.

It hit the left guardrail, sending it careening back across the lanes of traffic about 300 yards south of the initial swerving point. The car impacted with the right guardrail, crunching the right front side of the car.

“EMS, firefighters and law enforcement arrived, and it did seem to be a diabetic issue with the driver.” Hintze said. “He sustained no injuries from the accident, as far as it appears right now. He’s just being treated for possible diabetic symptoms.”

No citations would be issued, Hintze said, as this was a medical issue.

Units from the Utah Highway Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Hurricane Valley Fire District and Hildale 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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  • comments March 13, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    who else thinks the PT Cruiser is one of the silliest-looking cars ever made? I guess it was supposed to look like an old school hotrod but it just looks dumb & they only had a 4cyl. LOL

    • Proud Rebel March 13, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      + 1 here! One of my kids had one, and it was a total nightmare right from day one. Worst problems were the air conditioning system. Huge repair bills, only to have it work for a couple of weeks at the most, before going out again. Not wonderful for a desert dweller.

  • DB March 14, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I ended up renting one a few years ago for a couple days…Gas Hog!

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