TOQUERVILLE — A driver lost control of his Ford Bronco SUV in the southbound lane of Interstate 15 Wednesday afternoon and took evasive action to avoid a guardrail, sending him careening into trees and bushes in the median.
At approximately 1 p.m., law enforcement and emergency responders received a call that a vehicle had crashed into the trees in the median of I-15 near the Toquerville exit.
Upon arrival, Utah Highway Patrol troopers found the driver, despite damage to his SUV, had driven his vehicle out of the median, back onto the highway and crossed to the right shoulder of I-15.
“He was traveling southbound right here at milepost 27, drifted off the road a little bit, hit the rumble strip,” UHP Sgt. Larry Mower said. “(He) said he thought he might hit that guardrail, even though he went off a considerable ways ahead of the guardrail, so he actually jerked the wheel to the left, thinking he was going to hit the guardrail. Went down the hill … and hit some trees and hit a big rock.”
The driver of the Ford thought he might have blown a tire immediately preceding the accident, but on investigation, UHP troopers could find no tire remnants on scene, Mower said.
“It just appears that he just kind of drifted over the line,” he said.
The driver suffered some minor cuts and abrasions on his arm from broken glass, but was cleared by emergency personnel on scene.
No citations were issued.
The SUV was towed from the scene.
Utah Highway Patrol and Leeds Area Fire and Rescue responded to the incident.
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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