Brian Head van rolls down 150-foot ravine with 10 occupants; STGNews Videocast

IRON COUNTY – Three people were ejected from a 15-passenger van carrying 10 Brian Head Resort employees when it rolled down a 150-foot ravine Sunday afternoon as they were headed down the canyon to Cedar City.

A 15 passenger Brian Head van rolled down a 150-foot ravine carrying 10 Brian Head employees, Iron County, Utah, April 6, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Jeremy Deloach, St. George News
A 15 passenger Brian Head van rolled down a 150-foot ravine carrying 10 Brian Head employees, Iron County, Utah, April 6, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Jeremy Deloach, St. George News

At approximately 5:15 p.m., the group of 10 people, including both men and women, was headed down the mountain from Brian Head towards Cedar City on state Route 143 near milepost 12.5, when the woman driving lost control of the van, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Bauer said.

“The van was coming down the canyon and the driver allowed the van to wander off to the right side of the road across the white line onto the shoulder,” Bauer said, “which got them into the loose gravel and dirt and the driver lost control of the van.”

The van then rolled as it spun off into a 150-foot deep ravine, Bauer said. Three people were ejected from the van as it rolled.

“There were no life-threatening injuries,” Bauer said, “but there were some that had broken bones and things like that.”

Life Flight was originally called, he said, but was cancelled before arriving on scene as it was discovered there were no life-threatening injuries. The injured occupants of the vehicle were transported via ambulance to Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City.

A 15 passenger Brian Head van rolled down a 150-foot ravine carrying 10 Brian Head employees, Iron County, Utah, April 6, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Jeremy Deloach, St. George News
A 15 passenger Brian Head van rolled down a 150-foot ravine carrying 10 Brian Head employees, Iron County, Utah, April 6, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Jeremy Deloach, St. George News

Bauer said the van is a shuttle van that belongs to Brian Head.

The investigation into this incident is still ongoing, Bauer said. As this report is published, no citations have been issued.

“We’ve got some investigation to do,” he said. “We’re going to do a safety inspection on the actual van today, this afternoon, just to check for anything possibly mechanical. We’re still doing some interviews and some things like that and we’ll compile it all together and then we’ll take a look at it to see what needs to be done as far as any citations or any charges.”

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

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10 Comments

  • linuxturtle April 6, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    5:15PM? You guys are reporting news in the future now? Wow 🙂 I hope everyone is ok 🙂

  • beentheredonethat April 6, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Jake Adams?

  • fun bag April 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Well, at least no one was killed. I wonder if this woman driver passed her open book drivers test on the first try? or did it take 4 or 5 tries? anyways, this sounds like an easter miracle to me, but don’t let that gal behind the wheel again…

    • Free Parking April 6, 2015 at 11:26 pm

      Amen

    • mesaman April 7, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Oh dear, as inappropriate as it is, and a dismissal of PC, it WAS a woman driver. When does one have to obtain a CDL to transport passengers?

  • mmsandie April 6, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I wonder how many were. Wearing seat belts?.. At least this would make things safer, even if the driver was at fault or the car having mocha iCal problems

    • druidprincess April 7, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      I used to work for BH, and from my own experience I am willing to bet only 1 or 2 were wearing seat belts. The driver is required, so she should have been, but for the most part everyone else doesn’t wear their buckles. I always did cuz the drives scared the hell outta me. I’m glad no one was seriously hurt though.

  • Free Parking April 6, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    The driver lost control of the vehicle while reading all the articles on St George news about another traffic accident

    • druidprincess April 7, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      143 is a dangerous road to drive. There are so many twist and turns, if she looked away from the road for even a second…it could have been worse.

      • fun bag April 7, 2015 at 6:26 pm

        A true Easter miracle! and a valuable lesson learned! … bet she don’t get to drive the van again… lol

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