News short: Coughing episode leads to single-car accident

Truck lands in median after driver loses control while driving SB on I-15 near Exit 16, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 8, 2014 |Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

HURRICANE — A southbound Chevrolet pickup truck landed in the median of Interstate 15 near mile marker 15 and the Hurricane Exit 16 Monday afternoon.

Iron County Sheriff's Office responds to a single car accident in the median of I-15, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 8, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy pulls into the median off SB I-15 above where a truck landed in the median of I-15, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 8, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

At 12:02 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s officers responded to the accident, Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dave Crouse said.

A man driving a blue Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling southbound on I-15 when he began coughing due to a previous illness, Crouse said.

“He began coughing so much that he lost control and veered off into the median,” he said.

The driver suffered minor injuries to his nose, but was not transported from the scene, Crouse said. Moderate damage was sustained to the front end of the truck, and no citations were issued.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Hurricane City Fire Department, and Utah Highway Patrol responded to the accident scene.

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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  • Koolaid December 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    During his coughing fit, he had his head turned each time while also checking himself for a hernia. Should have been watching the road.

    • Dave Rabbitt December 8, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      Ok – THAT was funny! 😉

    • Vet December 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Koolaid have you been of your medication?

  • firefighter December 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

    It was Washington City Fire not Hurricane Fire the ambulance was canceled look at the writing on the shirts

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