California driver making U-turn takes out ‘No U-turn’ sign on I-15

Black Ford passenger car crashes through "No U-turn" sign on I-15 near mile marker 1, Mohave County, Ariz., March 2, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire and Rescue, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A 38-year-old driver from Bakersfield, California, lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 15 while attempting to make a U-turn Friday and crashed into a “No U-turn” sign in the median.

Shortly before 10 a.m. MST officers and emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash that initially came in as a rollover at mile marker 1 on northbound I-15.

Black Ford passenger car crashes through “No U-turn” sign on I-15 near mile marker 1, Mohave County, Ariz., March 2, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire and Rescue, St. George News

Officers and emergency personnel discovered a black Ford passenger car located in the soft median with significant frontal damage, but it had not rolled during the crash, Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire and Rescue EMT Tom Gates said.

The man declined treatment at the scene and told EMTs he was just shaken from the crash.

The man was heading north from Las Vegas when he missed his exit and attempted to turn around using the soft gravel median but was going too fast, Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Division Sgt. John Bottoms said.

When the vehicle left the roadway, the driver lost control of the car as it slid through the dirt. After it crashed through the “No U-turn” sign, the vehicle came to rest a few feet from the northbound side of the interstate.

The vehicle was rendered inoperable and towed from the scene, while the driver was later cited for failing to obey a traffic control device — a device that now needs to be repaired.

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.


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  • Caveat_Emptor March 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Guessing that the guy wanted to access the northern-most Mesquite exit.
    Clearly, even a guy from Bakersfield does not appreciate that our medians are not paved over like freeways in Southern CA……

  • UT1 March 2, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Well duuuhhhh….that’s why the medians are not paved to prevent every Tom, Dick and Harry from creating there own illegal exit on the interstate. It’s part of life, if you miss your exit, you just go the next legal exit, life’s not an easy ride, if the median was paved and more people were creating there own illegal exit it would make traffic more dangerous on the interstate and slow the over traffic flow.

  • NickDanger March 2, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Many people are confused about what does and does not constitute irony.

    This is irony.

  • indy-vfr March 2, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Welcome to Utah Mr Bakersfield. You’ve now passed your Utah Drivers test and will fit -right- in here!

    • Mr. W March 2, 2018 at 8:36 pm

      He’ll fit in because we are already flooded with California transplants that drive like trash.

      • comments March 3, 2018 at 11:06 am

        worst drivers I’ve seen here actually had NV plates.

        • Striker4 March 3, 2018 at 4:50 pm

          Wow that’s amazing you even have time to keep track of everybodys license plates

  • mmsandie March 3, 2018 at 10:23 am

    California drivers think they can do anything on the road. When the6 come to Utah, I,ve seen them make u turns in front of me on sunset rd, Bluff st. Anywhere.. they fly on Rte 15,, my neighbor is from California and she gie# 70-90 mph in the gorge she says how can they stop you in the gorge.. I don,t get in he4 car anymore.. beware of California plates..

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