Truck rolls near Sand Hollow seriously injuring passenger

A Toyota Tundra sits inoperable in the brush after a rollover at Sand Hollow State Park, Utah, June 4, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

HURRICANE — A woman was seriously injured Sunday evening when the vehicle she was in took a corner too fast, veered off the road and rolled at Sand Hollow State Park.

Emergency personnel respond to a rollover at Sand Hollow State Park, Utah, June 4, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Park rangers responded to the incident involving a silver Toyota Tundra at approximately 8 p.m. on the northbound lane of a park road running along the west side of Sand Hollow Reservoir.

“Based off of witness accounts, the individual was driving very fast, took the corner too fast, overcorrected and rolled once,” state park Ranger Stephen Studebaker said.

The woman sitting in the front passenger seat was reportedly ejected from the truck and was seriously injured. She was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George in serious condition.

A witness said one other person was injured, suffering a broken nose. No other serious injuries were reported.

“Speed is definitely a factor,” Studebaker said. “The driver will be cited. Charges are still pending.”

Authorities inspect a damaged Toyota Tundra after a rollover at Sand Hollow State Park, Utah, June 4, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Skid marks were visible on the asphalt where the high-speed turn occurred, leading off the roadway and into the brush where the truck took out a portion of a barbed wire fence.

The truck landed upright after rolling and sustained heavy damage. It was towed away from the scene in inoperable condition.

Hurricane City Police were on hand to help with the investigation and to conduct traffic in the area.

Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue also responded to the incident.

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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6 Comments

  • DRT June 5, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Four Words: SEAT BELTS, SLOW DOWN!

  • Caveat_Emptor June 5, 2017 at 9:19 am

    The front seat passenger is lucky to be alive. It does not appear that she was wearing a seat belt…….
    Let’s assume that if she was wearing a seat belt, and the air bag(s) deployed as designed, she might have avoided a lot of personal pain and suffering.

  • Who June 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Seat belts are a good habit to get into, even if you’re going a short distance.

  • Real Life June 5, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Driving like an idiot, trying to be cool. There’s a lot of that at Sand Hollow anymore. Hope the girl is ok, the guy should be charged.

  • mmsandie June 5, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Wow those auto body shops are millionaires,and insurance rates skyrocket.. Speed. On a curve.. Passenger ejected means no seatbelt mist of the times.. Too bad for occupants , be careful who you ride with

  • Thecadean June 5, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Utah is very consistant…usually a pickup truck involved. Hope everyone is better and wiser soon.

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