News short: Car veers off I-15, crashes onto Red Cliffs Drive

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper leaves the scene in his vehicle after responding to a single-vehicle accident, St. George, Utah, May 9, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The Utah Highway Patrol responded to a report of a car that veered off northbound Interstate 15 in St. George Saturday morning, striking a sign and a post, crashing through a fence and ending up on Red Cliffs Drive.

sign struck by car veering off I-15, St. George, Utah, May 9, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Caitlin Clementson, St. George News
Sign struck by car veering off I-15, St. George, Utah, May 9, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Caitlin Clementson, St. George News

At about 9:30 a.m., the 19-year-old driver of a 1992 Honda Civic was about to change lanes when he saw a car already there. He swerved back into his original lane, overcorrected and lost control of the car, UHP Trooper Matthew Pratt said.

“He came off the freeway backwards, struck an informational sign, knocked out a post, went under the fence and stopped in the middle of the roadway,” Pratt said.

The section of roadway the car landed in was the intersection of Red Cliffs Drive and East Ridge Drive.

The driver was able to get out of the vehicle on his own and, with the help of witnesses who stopped at the scene, push his disabled car into a nearby parking lot.

The driver was cited for failure to operate a vehicle in a single lane. No other vehicles were involved in the incident, and no injuries were reported.

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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