Teenager reports ‘medical emergency’ as the cause of crashing truck into power box

Damaged Toyota Tacoma pickup truck at the scene of a single-vehicle crash, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 6, 2017 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — A pickup truck was rendered inoperable Wednesday after the 18-year-old male driver crashed it into a power box in Cedar City.

The incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. on Sage Drive near 1200 South in the Providence business district.

Damaged Toyota Tacoma pickup truck at the scene of a single-vehicle crash, Cedar City, Utah, Dec. 6, 2017 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

The cause of the crash was reportedly the driver having “a medical emergency which caused him to black out,” said Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack.

The vehicle, a black Toyota Tacoma, ended up crashing into an electrical transformer box located at the base of a billboard signpost, along with some surrounding landscaping rocks.

Womack said no serious injuries were reported, and no citations were issued. The driver was the only occupant of the truck, which was inoperable after the incident and had to be towed from the scene.

Crews from Rocky Mountain Power later arrived on scene to repair the destroyed electrical equipment, Womack 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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  • ladybugavenger December 7, 2017 at 10:21 am

    People are catching on….I was not looking at my phone, I had a medical episode.

  • ladybugavenger December 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Medical emergency? Did they take him to hospital to get looked at? And his license should be taken away, he is obviously not fit to drive………or he was looking at his phone! I’m not buying this story. You can’t claim medical emergency and not go to hospital.

    • jh9000 December 7, 2017 at 11:50 am

      You know absolutely nothing about the circumstances of this accident and you have no idea if the driver went to the hospital since the article didn’t mention it. Hopefully someday you or someone you care about has a “medical emergency” and can be subjected to comments like yours online.

      • ladybugavenger December 7, 2017 at 1:20 pm

        Usually if someoned is transported it isreported. You’re Right! And I will ask, why isn’t it reported if he had a medical emergency? An emergency requires care.

        Oh please, I will tell my family in st george, if you get in an accident just say you are having a medical episode. Your hope for me is quite off and dark. You must be Mormon.

  • Larry December 8, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I thought Dominion Energy was the Natural Gas Supplier (formerly Questar Gas). Or did they also acquire the monopoly on the (our) electrical grid?

    • Avatar photo Jeff Richards December 8, 2017 at 7:24 am

      You are correct. It should have said crews from Rocky Mountain Power. Article has been updated. Thanks for reading!

  • paul December 8, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Ya I’m going to say a little distracted driving here something don’t add up

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