CEDAR CITY — A driver was cited for driving too fast for conditions after her car left the slush-covered roadway on state Route 56 about 15 miles west of Cedar City on Tuesday.

Emergency vehicles are parked near the scene of a single-vehicle crash on SR-56 west of Cedar City, Utah, Feb. 6, 2024 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

The incident, which was reported shortly before 11 a.m. near mile marker 45 on SR-56, involved a black Toyota passenger car with an adult female driver as its only occupant.

The vehicle had reportedly been heading east toward Cedar City when it left the roadway to the right and crashed into a barrow pit lined with large wooden branches.

“It is suspected that they were traveling too fast for existing conditions, with having sleet and slush on the roadway,” Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Clay Allred told Cedar City News afterward, adding that the driver did receive a citation.

Although the driver was evaluated by Gold Cross Ambulance personnel at the scene, she reportedly did not need to be transported to a medical facility.

The car, which appeared to have sustained at least moderate damage, was subsequently extricated and towed.

Traffic impact was minimal since the wrecked vehicle ended up at least 30 feet from the edge of the road. An Iron County Sheriff’s deputy also responded to the incident.

This report is based on information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings. 

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