WASHINGTON COUNTY — Traffic was slowed Tuesday on Interstate 15 after a man crashed his truck into a crash attenuator.
At approximately 9:38 a.m., Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jesse Williams responded to the accident at mile marker 33, near the Ranch Exit at Snowfield, after a passing motorist stopped and informed him of the incident.
The man driving, believed to be between 60-70 years of age, Williams said, was heading southbound on Interstate 15 when he left his lane of travel and crashed his gray Chevy Silverado into a crash attenuator — or “crash cushion” — on the outside of the left lane. The man was also using a portable oxygen tank at the time of the crash, Williams said.
“He wasn’t complaining of any specific pain, but he had diminished mental capacity,” he said.
The man was repeating the same words and phrases over and over again, Williams said. Because that type of behavior may indicate a head injury, Leeds Area Fire and Rescue transported the man to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.
At this time, Williams said, it is unknown as to why or how the man crashed.
“We don’t know why he came off the road,” he said. “We don’t know if he fell asleep, if it was a medical event or something (else).”
The crash closed down the left lane of traffic in the accident area for a little over an hour, Williams said.
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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