Driver crashes into hillside after falling asleep at wheel, police say

Police investigate the scene of a single-vehicle crash at approximately 4000 W. State Street, Hurricane, Utah, Oct. 30, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

HURRICANE — A man fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his car onto a hillside Tuesday morning, police said.

Scene of a single-vehicle crash at approximately 4000 W. State Street, Hurricane, Utah, Oct. 30, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

The incident, which was reported shortly before 8 a.m., involved a white Nissan Rogue passenger car with a 27-year-old male driver as its only occupant.

Ken Thompson, public information officer for Hurricane Police Department, said the driver had been heading west on State Street at approximately 4000 West when he apparently fell asleep and drifted across the oncoming eastbound lanes and onto a hillside on the south side of the road.

The car came to rest amid some rocky terrain and sagebrush approximately 50 yards from the roadway, its tires deflated and driver’s side airbags deployed.

The driver was transported by Hurricane Valley Fire & Rescue ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center for treatment, Thompson said, noting that the man complained of back pain at the scene of the crash.

No citations have yet been issued, Thompson said, but he added the driver may be cited later, pending further investigation.

The map below shows the approximate location of the crash:

Map showing approximate location of single-vehicle crash at approximately 4000 West State Street, Hurricane, Utah, Oct. 30, 2018 | Image courtesy of Google Maps, St. George News

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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1 Comment

  • Mike P October 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    And at what time of morning was this young man able to take his nap?

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