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Driver in hospital after falling asleep at wheel, falling 250 feet in vehicle

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Posted at 8:46 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 22:46:42-05

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A man is in the hospital after he fell asleep while driving and flipped into the Virgin River Gorge, tumbling nearly 250 feet, according to a report from St. George News.

Officials said a man driving a white Nissan Murano was northbound on I-15 near milepost 21 when he fell asleep, hit the guard rail and went down the embankment towards the river.

Officials say the vehicle traveled about 1,000 feet off the road. Fire Chief Jeff Hunt said the vertical drop alone was nearly 250 feet.

Despite the crash, the man was transported to the hospital in stable condition and was talking to first responders when they arrived to the scene.

Click here to read the full story from St. George News, a content-sharing partner with FOX 13.