ST. GEORGE — Utah Highway Patrol troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash Monday morning on a section of Interstate 15 where the median’s cable barriers prevented the possibility of a larger incident.
At approximately 10 a.m., highway patrol was advised of a crash on northbound I-15 in the area of mile marker 3 near St. George, UHP Trooper Joe Pastor told St. George News.
The 34-year-old male driver of a 2002 Honda Accord lost control and went off the left side of the freeway into the median and collided with the cable barrier and spun off it, Pastor said.
The Utah Department of Transportation utilizes a cable barrier – or wire rope safety barrier – along the median on that stretch of freeway.
Todd Abbott, UDOT’s Incident Management Team manager said the cable did what it was designed to do, “which is restrain a vehicle and keep it from jumping into the opposite lanes of traffic.”
Abbott said they like the cable barrier as it is effective and relatively cost efficient.