Driver sent to hospital after car goes off 20-foot embankment in St. George

ST. GEORGE — A woman was transported to the hospital after her car went off a 20-foot embankment and rolled Saturday afternoon.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a rollover near 2800 South in St. George, Utah, May 25, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

At 2:30 p.m. officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to the single-vehicle crash on 2800 South just east of River Road involving a white Nissan passenger car.

Responders arrived to find the car approximately 100 feet from the roadway on an embankment situated between two homes, St. George Police Officer Joe Deim said.

A witness said firefighters found the driver injured in the back seat. She was loaded into an ambulance and transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

“The severity of the injuries have not been determined, but they didn’t appear to be life-threatening,” Deim said, adding that another officer went to the hospital to check on her condition.

At the time of the crash, Deim said it appears the “elderly” driver was pulling out of the driveway of her residence near the top of 2020 East Circle Drive, which is a cul-de-sac.

“That driveway was pretty steep,” Deim said.

The area where a car went off an embankment and fell more than 20 feet before crashing to the ground, indicated by disturbed dirt shown in the middle of the photo, St. George, Utah, May 25, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Instead of turning west after exiting the driveway, for reasons yet to be determined, Deim said, the car continued straight across the cul-de-sac, jumped a curb and then went over a retaining wall and down a 20-foot embankment where it rolled and then landed in an upright position.

The car missed a ledge in between the edge of the embankment and where it came to rest, leaving markings on the curb and in the dirt at the bottom where it appeared to have slammed into the ground, causing the top of the car to collapse toward the seats.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Deim said, which may explain how she ended up in the back seat. The exact circumstances leading to the rollover are still under investigation.

The car was heavily damaged and had to be towed from 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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