Three injured when I-15 accident causes rollover down embankment

St. George Fire Department works with police and highway patrol to extract one of three injured occupants of a pickup truck that lost control on I-15 and rolled down a steep embankment, St. George, Utah, Dec. 5, 2013 | Photo by Michael Flynn, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A white Ford pickup slowing with southbound traffic, prior to the Bloomington exit on Interstate 15 in St. George, was rear-ended tonight causing the driver to lose control and veer off the road, rolling down the side of a steep embankment. All three people in the Ford pickup were transported to the hospital with injuries.

The accident happened sometime around 6:28 p.m., just south of the Interstate’s bridge over the Virgin River and before the Bloomington exit off-ramp at mile post 4.

When the Ford pickup slowed to take the Bloomington off-ramp, the driver of another white truck – a Nissan Frontier – did not notice that the Ford pickup had slowed, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lawrence Hopper said.

“The driver of the Frontier looked down, was not able to stop in time, and he hit the pickup,” Hopper said. “The impact caused the Ford pickup to veer off to the right and then it went down the embankment where it rolled onto the passenger side.”

One of the occupants of the Ford pickup had to be extracted through the front windshield of the truck.  All three occupants were transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center. Their injuries did not appear to be life threatening, Hopper said.

“They are actually in pretty good shape for rolling off the freeway,” St. George Fire Department Captain Dan Cazier said.

While their injuries did not appear to be life threatening, he said, you never know as far as internal injuries go until they’ve been examined by a doctor.

The driver of the Nissan Frontier did not appear to be injured from the crash, Cazier said.

At the time of this report, no citations had been given as the accident is still under investigation.

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St. George Fire Department works with police and highway patrol to extract one of three injured occupants of a pickup truck that lost control on I-15 and rolled down a steep embankment, Dec. 5, 2013 | Photo by Michael Flynn, St. George News
St. George Fire Department works with police and highway patrol to extract one of three injured occupants of a pickup truck that lost control on I-15 and rolled down a steep embankment, St. George, Utah, Dec. 5, 2013 | Photo by Michael Flynn, St. George News

 

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