Man swerves, drives off 150 foot embankment

A camper shell is dislodged from its truck after its driver drove off an embankment near Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane, Utah, MAy 19, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

HURRICANE — A man was transported to the hospital with minor injuries after reportedly swerving several times in the roadway before driving off a steep embankment near Sand Hollow Reservoir Friday evening.

(Click on photo to enlarge) A yellow pin indicates the exact location of an incident involving a man who drove off the road down an embankment near Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane, Utah, May 19, 2017 | St. George News

Hurricane Police responded to the incident involving a Ford F-150 at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Sand Hollow Road on the east side of the reservoir.

The 67-year-old driver, the truck’s only occupant, was westbound on Sand Hollow Road when the incident occurred.

“It looks like he crossed over to the eastbound lane and then back across to his own side and then off to the right hand side of the roadway,” Hurricane Police Sgt. Yates Wright said.

Skid marks were readily apparent where the truck left the roadway.

The truck ended up approximately 150 feet off the road into a heavy patch of sand and brush.

“The driver was disoriented when we got there,” Wright said, adding that investigators believe that the man was suffering from a medical condition at the time that contributed to the incident.

He was transported to the hospital with minor injuries to the face.

A Ford F-150 sits in the brush after its driver drove off an embankment near Sand Hollow Reservoir, Hurricane, Utah, MAy 19, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Witnesses who arrived on scene to check on the man said his foot was still on the gas pedal, causing the truck’s tires to dig deeper into the sand.

No citation was issued at the time this report was taken.

A camper shell on the truck’s bed appeared to have dislodged in the incident.

A wrecker arrived to retrieve both the truck and camper shell.

The truck did not appear to have sustained much damage other than a flattened front tire.

Traffic was largely unhindered. Two officers directed west and eastbound traffic around the tow truck as it slowly dragged the truck out of the brush.

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 May 20, 2017 at 12:10 am

    When these “medical episode” drivers finally kill someone the pain of the family of the victim is not going to be any less because it was a “medical episode”. If you’re not fit to drive please stay off the roads, both “medical episode” drivers and very aged unfit drivers.

  • DB May 20, 2017 at 10:26 am

    You’re jumping to conclusions. How do you know that he felt ‘unfit to drive’ when he first got behind the wheel that evening? At what point is a driver “very aged”? This particular driver was 67. Doesn’t sound “very aged” to me.

    • comments May 20, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      What if one of these “medical episode” drivers or aged unfit drivers kills someone close to you? Usually they just ram into things and cause property damage, thankfully

  • mmsandie May 20, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    This is scary, my neighbor is 90 and still drives and goes to DRS weekly, and takes so many drugs.. I blame the DRS girl writing the scribes,, but then I read on the Internet this week what DRS get as kickbacks from drug companies for writing scrips even if they are dangerous drugs.. It’s all god the money

  • r2d2 May 21, 2017 at 12:08 am

    How many times have you called your boss and said, I’m not coming in today I think I’m going to have a medical episode? That sounds just plain stupid and I think stupid people should not drive.

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