UPDATE Oct. 13, 2012: Lt. Steve Winward of Utah’s Department of Public Safety advised that both accident victims transported for medical treatment in Las Vegas are going to be OK.
UPDATED Oct. 12, 2012 6:12 p.m. The story is now revised to reflect a 6 p.m. written report provided by Lt. Steve Winward of the Utah Department of Public Safety.
ST. GEORGE – Two separate but related accidents this afternoon stalled traffic on Interstate 15 in the Black Ridge area, mile marker 36, resulting in critical injuries.
The first accident involved a blue Cadillac heading southbound in the left lane on I-15 near mile marker 36. The Cadillac went to pass a motor home and hydroplaned. It initially struck the motorhome doing very minor damage. The Cadillac continued to spin around and struck the guardrail on the median side. A blue Jeep Cherokee attempted to stop but was unable and struck the Cadillac at the driver’s door.
There were two transported in serious condition, and one patient refusal. All parties were wearing their seatbelts. The female driver of the Cadillac was flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas via Mercy Air, also in critical condition.
The second accident occurred at about 2:03 p.m. as traffic was slowing for the crash described as Accident One above. Utah Highway Patrol reports that there was a heavy rainfall in the area at the time. Near Exit 36 southbound, mile marker 37, a semi-truck pulling a box trailer stopped in lane one due to the traffic buildup from Accident One ahead of it. An Acura, following behind the semi, braked and swerved left to avoid the semi but struck a trailer tire with its right rear bumper, then com ing to stop on the left rear side of the semi. A Pontiac G6 then came upon the semi and the Acura and braked, the Pontiac G6 went into a counter-clockwise spin and struck the left rear of the semi with its passenger side. The Pontiac G6 then spun around and came to rest with its bumper into the cable barrier facing the rear left tires of the semi.
The female passenger of the Pontiac G6 was critically injured from the impact of the crash and is the sister of the 16-year-old driver of the Pontiac. The injured passenger was flown by Life Flight to University Medical Center hospital in Las Vegas in critical condition. The driver of that vehicle, the Pontiac, was transported by ambulance to Valley View Hospital in Cedar City with minor injury.
Winward said that there were no other injuries in these accidents. At 6:10 p.m. he said some of the injuries were critical, as described above, but that no resultant fatalities had been reported at that time.
Winward’s report also stated that drugs and alcohol are not suspected by any of the involved parties. Seatbelts were used by all parties and all air bags were deployed in the Pontiac G6.
Washington City resident Marshall Connelly was on scene at Washington City Fire Station 61 on Buena Vista in Washington City where a Mercy medical helicopter out of Mesquite, Nev., had flown in to take transport of one of the accident victims, brought to that location by a Leeds Ambulance.
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