Car flips during hailstorm on I-15; teen taken to hospital

LEEDS — A 17-year-old girl was taken to the hospital after a weather-related car accident near Leeds Friday.

The girl was riding as a passenger on southbound Interstate 15 in a silver Honda Civic, driven by her 48-year-old mother, when a brief hailstorm hit.

The driver tried to change from the left lane into the right lane so she could pull over onto the side of the road and wait out the storm, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jake Hicks said. In the process of pulling over, she lost control of the car and started going up the embankment on the side of the freeway. The car then flipped end-over-end, Hicks said, finally landing right-side up between mile markers 17 and 18.

The driver reported no injuries, but Gold Cross Ambulance transported her daughter to a local hospital. Utah Highway Patrol did not release which hospital she was taken to.

Hicks said the teen had only minor injuries and was taken to the hospital mostly as a precaution.

Both the driver and her daughter were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

“That’s why we push seat belt use so much is because what could have been a horrible tragedy turned out to be only a car (that was damaged),” Hicks said. “(There are) two people that are okay, that get to go home tonight.”

The Civic had to be towed from the scene. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

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

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