Driver making fast turn rolls truck down hillside near Outback Steakhouse in St. George

A GMC pickup truck rests in the dirt following a rollover on North Eastridge Drive in St. George, Utah, Sept. 2, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A man escaped injury Saturday night after rolling the pickup truck he was driving down a hill near a restaurant parking lot in St. George.

A GMC pickup truck rests in the dirt following a rollover on North Eastridge Drive in St. George, Utah, Sept. 2, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

St. George Police responded to the rollover involving a GMC pickup truck at approximately 8:09 p.m. on North Eastridge Drive just south of where the road intersects with Red Cliffs Drive.

“He basically made a turn coming off Red Cliffs, was going a little bit too fast and wasn’t able to negotiate the curve, and he jumped the curb” St. George Police Officer David McDaniel said.

As the truck went over the curb onto the hillside, its tires dug into soft dirt, McDaniel said, at which point the truck rolled down the hill.

The truck made one complete revolution before landing on its wheels against a retaining wall directly above the Outback Steakhouse parking lot, which blocked it from hitting any nearby parked vehicles.

A witness at the scene called 911 after seeing the truck roll and its airbags deploy in the cab.

A wrecker pulls a GMC pickup truck up a hill following a rollover on North Eastridge Drive in St. George, Utah, Sept. 2, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Emergency medical personnel from St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance arrived, but no injuries were reported, McDaniel said.

Whether any citation would be issued was undetermined at the time this report was taken as the investigation into the rollover was still ongoing.

The truck appeared to have sustained heavy damage and had to be towed up the hill down which it rolled by a wrecker utilizing a long towing cable and negotiating boulders and bushes.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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9 Comments

  • Proud Rebel September 3, 2017 at 1:48 am

    “The truck appeared to have sustained heavy damage and had to be towed up the hill down which it rolled by a wrecker utilizing a long towing cable and negotiating boulders and bushes.”
    Hey Joe, did they teach you to build a sentence like that at UVU? If so, you should demand your money back! 😉

    • comments September 3, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      honestly, I was also a bit offended. No one writes like that. maybe 300yrs ago

  • Kilroywashere September 3, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I just look at the pictures, which by the way are well executed, and convey many words without causing eye strain. . Hey proud R, there’s a punctuation error as well. Bet you can’t find it?

    • bsalmoo September 3, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      doubt he needs to respond to a troll. Your life must be completely miserable.

  • comments September 3, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    you gotta be a real clown to roll off that hill. a real frickin’ idiot. was it a cell phone or was the clown just drivin’ like a maniac?

    • Icomments2 September 3, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      Back at it again I see!!! Comments don’t you have anything better to do with your life than to clown around trolling??? Every accident that happens in St. George has got to be related to someone on their cell phone!!! Do you every stop and think before you speak or in this case type??? Not every accident is caused by them looking at their cell phone so please give it a rest!!!

      • comments September 5, 2017 at 9:44 am

        boy, u sure get your panties in a knot whenever cell phones are mentioned. maybe u sell them for a living?
        ahaha

  • xbcmc059 September 3, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Wow, another rollover accident in the City of St. George, with speed being listed as primary collision factor. No mention as to how the speed was determined. Photos don’t show any type of centrifugal skids leading up to the POI on the W/C/L of Eastridge. The article doesn’t mention anything about the off-camber turn the driver would have had to make traversing the intersection of Red Cliffs Dr./Eastridge Dr.
    It would appear that the City of St. George is contributory, due to a badly engineered intersection and poorly maintained roadway surface. Additionally the photos fail to depict any advisory caution signs warning drivers of a narrow roadway. It’s interesting to note there is not appear to be one prima facie or advisory speed posting anywhere on that particular stretch of highway, nor any type of guard rail bordering the W/C/L of Eastridge Dr. preventing this type of traffic accident.
    This entire incident could have been minimized to a bent R/F wheel, and some rumpled GMC sheet metal, instead it caused an Engine Co. and Ambulance Crew to have to get out of their TV recliners and waste fuel responding to what could have been a nothing deal.

    • Icomments2 September 3, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Well said xbcmc059!!! You must be or use to be a EMT or Firefighter etc… Either way very well said…

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