VIRGIN — The Utah Highway Patrol has released the names of the individuals involved in a head-on collision outside of Zion National Park Sunday resulting in two people being transported to the hospital with one in serious condition.
Just before 3:45 p.m., an eastbound Ford Taurus, driven by a 16-year-old Hurricane resident, began to pass a motorhome at milepost 22 near the town of Rockville. The highway is only two lanes at this location and is marked as a passing zone.
When the 16-year-old realized he couldn’t pass in time, he hit the brakes, sending the car into a skid. The car collided head-on with a westbound Plymouth Prowler convertible driven by 51-year-old Timothy Chard, of Washington City.
Chard was taken by Life Flight helicopter in critical condition to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, while his passenger, 34-year-old Erin Chard, also of Washington City, was taken to Dixie Regional via ambulance.
There were three passengers in the Taurus — 18-year-old Josh Brown, of LaVerkin, 20-year-old Dillan Dotson, of Hurricane, and a 16-year-old boy from LaVerkin — none of whom reported any serious injuries.
Impairment is not suspected in this crash at this time, according to the UHP.
All involved were wearing seat belts and airbags were deployed in both vehicles.
Both lanes of traffic were blocked by the vehicles and debris and the roadway was closed for nearly an hour.
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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