Children seriously injured in head-on collision

Accident on state Route 14 in Iron County, Utah, Sept. 26, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

IRON COUNTY – Two children were flown to the hospital Friday after the vehicle they were traveling in was struck head-on.

Accident on state Route 14 in Iron County, Utah, Sept. 26, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News
Accident on state Route 14 in Iron County, Utah, Sept. 26, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

At approximately 5:20 p.m., a Ford F-350 pickup truck was pulling a trailer on state Route 14 in Iron County between mileposts 13 and 14 when the trailer began to swerve, according to a statement from the Utah Highway Patrol. The swerving may have been “a result of speeds too fast for the canyon road,” the statement said.

The driver of the F-350 lost control of the truck due to the trailer’s movement and the truck crossed the center line, colliding head-on with an oncoming Chevy Avalanche. Both vehicles then slid off the road and down a 30-foot embankment, according to the statement.

Two children who were passengers in the Chevy, ages 10 and 11, were taken by Life Flight to an unspecified hospital with serious injuries. The Chevy’s three other occupants were taken by ambulance to Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City, according to the statement. No one else was reported injured.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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10 Comments

  • Koolaid September 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    A lower speed limit needs to be set for vehicles towing trailers. Utahans seem to drive at least 10 mph over the limit anyway despite road, weather or any unsafe condition.

    • Bobber September 27, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      NO NO NO, that is a communist, socialist, liberal thing to say. A truly free country would allow us to drive any speed we want…

      • Koolaid September 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        And take advantage of their pets and livestock!

  • Mary September 27, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Crash news is always more heartbreaking when children are hurt .
    Prayers for their speedy recovery .

  • Hotaids September 27, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Koolaid needs to be regulated for the stupid things they say. Koolaid seems to have the mentality 10 points lower than a slow learner therefore placing them in the retarded section of the class.

    • Koolaid September 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Utards are notorious for their speeding

    • Koolaid September 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Meanwhile…. southern Utards continue to doink their dogs and horses

  • bw September 27, 2014 at 11:20 am

    did they have their seatbelts on

  • Bobber September 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Anyways if the poor children end up dying the driver of the perpetrating vehicle is gonna go away for vehicular homicide…

  • Bob September 29, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    The article is incorrect. The first truck hit was the Chevy avalanche. I was side swiped hard in the rear quarter panel. Then he went head on to the pickup truck behind … the kids seemed to be OK. The driver of the tan truck had to be pried out by the rescue squad and medi evaced by helicopter. the driver of the black truck that caused all this was a 19 year old kid with the boss ‘s heavy duty truck and trailer… total stupid move on a wet mountain road. It was a no passing zone for miles… and yet he thought he was some big mountain man…

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