The motorhome on the SR 143 loses its brakes, takes the access ramp; driver taken to hospital – St George News

The scene of a single-vehicle accident on State Route 143, Brian Head, Utah, July 10, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Ladd Brindley, Ladd’s Transport, Cedar City News

ST. GEORGE- A man was taken to hospital Sunday morning after he lost control of his motorhome on State Route 143 near Brian Head.

The scene of a single-vehicle accident on State Route 143, Brian Head, Utah, July 10, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Ladd Brindley, Ladd’s Transport, Cedar City News

At around 9:35 a.m., the 68-year-old driver was driving downhill in an Atrium motorhome while pulling a boat on a trailer. At the time Brian Head Deputy Marshal Jared Burton said the vehicle’s brakes had failed due to overuse and the man had lost control of his vehicle.

The driver pulled over on the ramp of the getaway truck near mile 12, causing the vehicle to jackknife, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Eddie Wright said.

The boat was forced off the trailer and into the back of the motorhome. The driver was reportedly injured after hitting the steering wheel “very hard” and was taken by ambulance to Intermountain Cedar City Hospital, Burton said.

No citations were issued at the scene, Wright said.

Burton said drivers should reduce their speed when traveling downhill to avoid similar accidents and noted that SR 143 is not recommended for trailers of any kind.

Utah Highway Patrol Troopers and Brian Head Public Safety Officers responded to the incident.

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