ST. GEORGE, Utah, May 22, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials said wearing a seat belt likely saved a man’s life after his car rolled 400 yards in St. George late Tuesday evening.
The man was driving a silver Toyota Prius westbound on Red Hills Parkway at 750 West at approximately 11:30 p.m., allegedly at a high rate of speed, when he lost control of the car, St. George Police Officer Tiffany Atkin told Gephardt Daily.
The vehicle went over the solid road median, which has rocks and trees, then “flipped and rolled,” leaving a debris field stretching 400 yards, Atkin said.
She added that the Prius came to rest in the eastbound lanes, but was not impacted by any other vehicles.
The man was unconscious when emergency responders arrived, and was transported to an area hospital in serious condition.
Atkin said the man’s life was likely saved by his seat belt and the fact that no other vehicles hit the Prius.
It’s not known at this early stage if there were other contributing factors, such as impairment.
Red Hills Parkway eastbound was shut down for approximately five hours after the crash, Atkin said, and one westbound lane was shut down.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.