Driver injured after overcorrection leads to rollover on Pioneer Parkway

A Nissan is extensively damaged after a rollover on Pioneer Parkway Saturday, Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 8, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

SANTA CLARA — A driver was able to get out of his overturned vehicle before being transported to the hospital after a single-vehicle rollover Saturday afternoon.

A towing operator secures the undercarriage of a Nissan to upright the vehicle before it is towed after a rollover on Pioneer Parkway Saturday, Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 8, 2018 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

Officers and emergency medical personnel responded to the rollover on Pioneer Parkway just south of Lava Cove Drive involving a silver Nissan passenger car with a single occupant shortly before 4:30 p.m., said Randy Hancey, assistant fire chief of Santa Clara/Ivins Fire Department.

Upon arrival, responders found the Nissan several feet from the shoulder of the road where it landed upside down, with the injured driver waiting outside of the vehicle. Within minutes of the responders’ arrival, the man was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

At the time of the rollover, the Nissan was heading east on Pioneer Parkway from Harmons Grocery when the driver veered toward the right and then overcorrected to the left but turned too far just as the car was approaching a sharp curve in the road.

The driver then overcorrected for a second time, which sent the car careening off the soft shoulder to the right until it left the roadway and rolled over, landing upside down more than 10 feet from the road.

A Nissan is towed after a rollover on Pioneer Parkway Saturday, Santa Clara, Utah, Sept. 8, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

According to witness statements at the scene, the car went off the road and rolled just as the road curved sharply to the right, Hancey said.

Pioneer Parkway was completely blocked for a short time to allow room for emergency vehicles and allow the wrecker to maneuver the damaged car into an upright position. Traffic was impacted through the process, but a lane in both directions was reopened quickly.

The car was destroyed in the crash and was towed from the roadway.

Personnel from Santa Clara/Ivins Fire Department, Santa Clara/Ivins Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded and tended to the scene.

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

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  • LunchboxHero September 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Does anyone know if his text message was successfully sent?

    • DB September 9, 2018 at 1:58 pm

      And how fast was he/she going?

  • Kilroywashere September 9, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Ok, let’s set the record straight. Unless there was something in / or on the surface of the road, or a mechanical defect of some kind, the only conclusion is ,,,, shhhhh. Be careful here, !!!! For those with delicate sympathies, please stop reading here. Yes I am going to write it, by golly . . .HOLD ON! Ok get ready for the “S” word. Yes SPEEDING. YUH THINK. ? Having driven on said road and seen excessive speed demonstrated as a common occurrence, and have even pulled over to an open space on the side of said road, to allow tailgaters, who expect to drive 10mph + over the speed limit, to pass instead of putiing me in a dangerous and life threatening position, I CAN TELL YOU WHAT THE ROOT CAUSE OF THIS RUN ON SENTENCE ULTIMATELY LEADS…. get ready, hold your suspenders, here comes the “F” word next. Drum roll please…. little ones close your eyes, and cover your ears… The word = FUN. Anybody that has driven this route knows it’s a fun, challenging driving experience and tempts one to push the pedal. Let’s cut the crap, and call it out. Excessive speeding around curve, failure to counter steer which is an art and takes skill, and off into the dink. Lucky driver… Maybe stick to Xbox Grand Tourismo VI, as next time an act of God may not prevent a family of 4 of coming in the opposite direction and being slaughtered by reckless behavior.

    • mesaman September 9, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      I’m wondering why it was named “Pioneer Parkway” and not one of the variations that refer to dear old DSU. Like “Trailblazer Trail”, or maybe “Biff Boulevard”, maybe we could even include the Dixie Technical College entitlement here with “DT Parkway”, or “Vocational Avenue”. Just teasing, with a tinge of sarcasm.

  • Pa Triot September 10, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Ahhh……southern Utah…..where folks can drive a golf ball better than a car.

  • Mike P September 10, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    You would have to be going WAY more than 10+ MPH over to loose control on Pioneer Pky. My guess is he/she came upon a vehicle doing the typical 15-20mph in a 30-40mph zone and had to swerve to avoid plowing into the back of the other car, or possibly the more common issue in this area, they had to swerve to avoid hitting the car that just pulled directly out in front of them! (usually a huge black Cadillac or GMC Denali SUV) Yes, this comment is tongue-in cheek but happens way too often there.

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