by Chief Tom Cram, KCPD
On Tuesday afternoon, January 4, at approximately 4 p.m., a local couple was walking near the dip on 300 South and Powell drive leading into the Kanab Creek Ranchos. The couple noticed a red sports car resting on its side near the bottom of the creek bed. The couple called dispatch and reported what they saw.
When police arrived, they located a red late model Ford Mustang convertible that had left the road near the top of the dip and had rolled and was resting on its side at the bottom of the creek. The driver had climbed out of the wrecked car and crawled up the bank approximately half way up and was resting near some brush. The driver was injured in the accident and an ambulance and the Kanab Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.
It was determined that the accident had occurred a few hours earlier and that the driver had been knocked unconscious and had remained inside of the wrecked car for most of that time. The driver did not have a phone and had no means of calling for help. At some point the driver, a 33-year-old man from New York who had recently moved to Kanab, climbed out of the car and was attempting to crawl back up the bank to get help.
The driver was transported to the Kane County Hospital for treatment. There was also a dog inside of the car during the accident that received only minor injuries.
The Kanab City Police Department wants to thank the couple that reported the accident for being vigilant and calling dispatch as well as our Kanab Fire Department and ambulance service for their quick response.
Also, a thank you to the Utah Highway Patrol for their assistance in the investigation of the accident.