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Cedar City crash caused by sleeping driver, police say

Jul 6, 2022, 2:57 PM | Updated: 2:57 pm

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A driver in Cedar City fell asleep behind the wheel crashing head-on into another vehicle. Photo credit: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Utah Highway Patrol said that a Wednesday car crash in Cedar City was caused by a sleeping driver.

According to UHP Sgt. Cameron Roden, at approximately 7:45 Wednesday morning, a Ford Fusion driver going eastbound on State Root 56 in Cedar City fell asleep behind the wheel.

“The vehicle started into a curve [and] went into the opposite lane of travel,” Roden said. 

After veering into the lane of oncoming traffic, the driver struck a Subaru as it was slowing down to turn on Iron Springs Drive. The two vehicles hit almost head-on, according to Roden.

Each vehicle had one male occupant inside. The driver of the Ford Fusion sustained minor injuries and did not go to the hospital. The driver of the Subaru went the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The collision blocked the westbound lane for about 45 minutes.

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