Rollover on I-15 near Littlefield kills 2 Utah teens

Red SUV is damaged after smashing into side of hill during a single-vehicle rollover that kills two on I-15 northbound Saturday, Mohave County, Ariz. April 7, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. — Two Utah teenagers involved in a single-vehicle rollover on Interstate 15 in northern Arizona were killed when their SUV went off the the road and crashed into a hillside Saturday afternoon.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper and a Mohave County Sheriff’s deputy at scene of fatal rollover on Interstate 15 near mile marker 12 Saturday, Mohave County, Ariz. April 7, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to the crash northbound I-15 near mile marker 12, a few miles north of Littlefield, Arizona.

A passerby called 911 after they witnessed the small SUV veering to the right, at what the witness described as a high rate of speed, before it crashed into the side of a hill several yards from the roadway, trooper Steve Hughes of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

Upon arrival officers found the teenage driver and passenger fatally injured in the crash, and once emergency medical personnel arrived, both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Red SUV is damaged after smashing into side of hill during a single-vehicle rollover that kills two on I-15 northbound Saturday, Mohave County, Ariz. April 7, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

According to witness statements, the vehicle was heading north on I-15 and cut across both lanes of travel before it went off the soft shoulder to the right.

The car continued skidding or sliding toward a deep ravine approximately 30 feet from the shoulder of the road. Once the vehicle hit the edge of the cliff, it was launched through the air across the crevasse until it struck the side of the hill.

The vehicle passenger’s side struck the hill, Hughes said, adding, “it appears the vehicle rotated sideways before it struck the side, possibly before leaving the shoulder, but it was airborne for more than 50 feet.”

Other than being identified as from Utah by troopers, no further details about the teens’ exact ages and hometown have been released pending notification of next-of-kin.

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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12 Comments

  • Real Life April 7, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Bad combination, high speed and teens. Thoughts are with the family.

    • mesaman April 7, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      This makes for a sad and tragic spring break. My thoughts are with the parents and my prayers will beg for their comfort.

  • comments April 7, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    I sometimes drove like a lunatic when I was a teen. It’s a wonder I didn’t end up like this.

  • Sierrah April 7, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    I found out a few hours ago those two were my friends… And I thought it was all a joke until I saw this….and I miss them so much

    • comments April 8, 2018 at 10:22 am

      sorry for your loss

    • Nathan Meyers April 8, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      What were their names?

      • Sierrah April 8, 2018 at 5:16 pm

        Carson and Brayden

        • Travas Walker April 8, 2018 at 11:52 pm

          Thank you. That’s them.
          My condolences to the families. And to the friends it there you are not alone, please please please go talk to some one if your hurting. Teachers councilors, church, any one.

    • ladybugavenger April 8, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Condolences (hugs)

    • Travas Walker April 8, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      My ten daughter is very upset she thinks it was her friends, could you let me know the names?

  • Travas Walker April 8, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Teen*

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