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image Emegency responders treat the driver of a northbound-travelling car SR-36 that crossed into southbound lanes, jumped a fence and came to rest in field. The incident occured near Lake Point, and though the driver was reported to have had a seizure, no one was injured.

September 2, 2014
Driver has apparent seizure, but luckily misses highway traffic near Lake Point

A man who apparently had a seizure while driving on SR-36 near Lake Point Thursday morning wasn’t injured nor harmed anyone else when he veered through oncoming traffic before coming to a stop in a field.

The man, who was traveling northbound on SR-36 near Saddleback Boulevard, suddenly crossed the median and drove through southbound traffic at about 10:20 a.m.

According to witness reports, the man’s vehicle crossed the southbound lanes, drove off the road, jumped a fence and continued going through ditches in a field before stopping about a football field’s length away from SR-36.

Jonathan Hope, a Tooele man who had recently completed emergency medical technician training, saw the accident and stopped to help.

“When I got there, he was seizing up and was unresponsive,” Hope said. “He was unconscious at first and he started coming around when other people got there. I asked if anything was hurting and he said, ‘I don’t know what you mean.’”

After being examined by medical personnel, the driver was found to have been uninjured in the crash, said Ryan Willden, public information officer for the North Tooele County Fire District. He also said fortunately no other vehicles were involved in the incident.

“Luckily for him and everybody else, he missed everyone and drove off the side of the road,” Willden said. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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