WASHINGTON CITY — Traffic along Interstate 15 slowed to a halt Sunday evening when a woman crashed into a guardrail after becoming distracted by a cellphone.
Just before 5 p.m., the northbound woman lost control of her Nissan Altima and crashed into the guardrail near milepost 13, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Murphy said.
Witnesses said they observed the woman using her cellphone just before the crash, Murphy said, and tried to warn the woman that she was veering into their lane.
Distracted by her phone, the woman began drifting into the left lane of traffic, Murphy said. She then overcorrected and crashed into the guardrail.
Witnesses pulled over after the collision to check on the woman, and provided eye-witness statements to authorities.
The Nissan’s airbags deployed and the woman was uninjured during the crash, Murphy said. The collision caused extensive front-end damage to the Nissan, which was towed from the scene.
The woman was issued a citation for failure to operate within a single-lane of travel, as well as using a mobile device while driving, Murphy 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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