Police: Mom falls asleep at wheel, car flips onto side with baby buckled up

Utah Highway Patrol vehicles, Cedar City, Utah, July 2018 | File photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

IRON COUNTY — A woman and her baby escaped injury when the car she was driving rolled over and came to rest in the median on Interstate 15 Monday, police said.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Gibbs, who was one of the troopers at the scene, told Cedar City News the incident happened shortly before noon near mile marker 47 and involved a woman driving a Toyota four-door passenger car driven by an adult female, with a 7-month-old child as the only passenger.

“I believe the driver fell asleep, went over to the right, then overcorrected back to the left,” Gibbs said, noting that the car, which had been traveling south, ended up in the median between the southbound and northbound lanes.

Both mother and baby were properly restrained and were uninjured in the crash, Gibbs added.

Traffic in the area experienced slight delays while authorities investigated and worked to clear the wrecked vehicle 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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