LEEDS, Washington County — A man was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after he got out of his car during a series of traffic accidents and was then hit by another vehicle.
The crash occurred about 6:30 a.m. on southbound I-15 neer Leeds when the driver of Pontiac G6 swerved away from another vehicle that came into his lane, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
The Pontiac struck a concrete barrier and flipped onto its roof, coming to a stop in the left lane, UHP reported. A man in his 50s, driving a Saturn Ion, came upon the crash and hit the Pontiac.
The driver of the Saturn got out of his car and walked into the emergency lane. Moments later, a third driver in a Toyota came upon the crash and swerved toward the emergency lane, hitting the Pontiac and the man who was out of his car, troopers said.
The man hit the Toyota's windshield and was thrown ahead of the crash, according to UHP. The man was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.
Police do not believe impairment or excessive speeds contributed to the crashes. All three drivers were wearing seat belts.
The drivers of the Toyota and the Pontiac were not injured, though the driver of the Pontiac was cited for not having car insurance, having an expired license and failing to remain in one lane.
The crash prompted troopers to close southbound I-15 for two hours.