2 in critical condition after being ejected in highway rollover

LITTLEFIELD, Ariz. – Two men are listed in critical condition Monday following a rollover on Interstate 15 in Arizona.

A rollover on southbound I-15 near milepost 7 in Arizona left two men in critical condition and is believed to have been caused by a blown out tire, Littlefield, Arizona, July 18, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A rollover on southbound I-15 near milepost 7 in Arizona left two men in critical condition and is believed to have been caused by a blown out tire, Littlefield, Arizona, July 18, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Around 3: 45 p.m., Arizona time, troopers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety were notified of a single-vehicle rollover on southbound I-15 near milepost 8, Arizona DPS Trooper Gregg McBride said.

The rollover occurred about one mile south of Littlefield, Arizona.

The first trooper at the scene found a severely damaged red, late-90s model Chevrolet Camaro that had come to rest in the median. He also informed other responding troopers that there were two occupants from the car that had been ejected.

The rollover appears to have been caused by the right-rear tire blowing out, McBride said.

The driver, a 39-year-old man from Littlefield, Arizona, and a passenger, a 38-year-old man from Cedar City, were listed in critical condition and appeared to have head trauma, McBride and ADPS Sgt. John Bottoms said.

Names of the individuals involved were not released at the time pending notification of family members.

A rollover on southbound I-15 near milepost 7 in Arizona left two men in critical condition and is believed to have been caused by a blown out tire, Littlefield, Arizona, July 18, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A rollover on southbound I-15 near milepost 7 in Arizona left two men in critical condition and is believed to have been caused by a blown out tire, Littlefield, Arizona, July 18, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The two men were tended to by responding medics from the Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire Department. They were then transported to one of the fire stations where Life Flight and Mercy Air medical helicopters were waiting.

Neither Bottoms or McBride were able to confirm if the men were flown to either Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George or University Medical Center in Las Vegas for care.

Southbound traffic around the accident slowed as traffic was diverted into a single lane and motorists took their time to gawk as the wreckage.

People need to check their tires and make sure they are in usable condition, McBride said, especially this time of year with the heat. At the time, thermometers measured the temperature of the area to be around 108 degrees.

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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Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

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7 Comments

  • 42214 July 18, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Seatbelts?

  • Pudmaster2006 July 18, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    We watched it happen! He was driving like an idiot. He passed people going upwards of 95 miles an hour on the shoulder and weaved in and out of traffic. We seen a small dust cloud on the right shoulder and seconds later seen a huge dust cloud in the medium. When we drive past we seen 1 of them on the sitting on the ground far away from the car. Glad they are alright because it could’ve been extremely worse taking out other people!..

    • .... July 19, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Stupid is as stupid does !

  • Blacktop Pilot July 19, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I have seen a car just like this one, before driving dangerously. Just wondering if it’s the same person. Can’t be too many red Camaro’s in Littlefield.

  • ladybugavenger July 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    It’s official! ladybugavenger is leaving Utah in 30 days (and the crowd cheers) but you know, my addiction for St George news may not end.

    I hope the car accidents don’t increase in my absence. St George Police keep up with those “improper lane travel” tickets.

    You all have been fun. Our disagreements with passion and our different beliefs have made quite an impact on this community and its readers of St George news. Entertainment, a place to escape the daily nonsense of life, and a place to be heard….keep up the good work St George News and The EIC Joyce, our moderator with unbiased and fair editing.

    It’s been a pleasure being part of this community. May all your dreams of good things come true.

    Sincerely,
    ladybugavenger

    • Henry July 19, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Ladybug – hope that you remain a contributor to St George News, wherever you end up. Your comments are a good balance of insights and laughs, provided in a firm yet respectful manner. Best of luck to you in life’s journey!

      • ladybugavenger July 20, 2016 at 11:11 am

        Oh Henry, (you’re like a candy bar)
        I appreciate that ?

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