UPDATE: Mustang totaled on I-15 near Hurricane

Mustang crash on I-15 near Hurricane | Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway patrol

WASHINGTON COUNTY – At approximately 1:15 p.m., a Ford Mustang exiting I-15 southbound at mile post 16 crashed into a concrete barrier and trapped the driver.

Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Partol

Shannon Welch was the sole occupant of a 2008 Ford Mustang Cobra. Welch was driving westbound on State Highway 9 near the I-15 interchange. She was in the right lane which is a clearly marked and designated on ramp to northbound I-15. There were several vehicles in the left lane which is a clearly marked and designated on ramp to southbound I-15.

Witnesses stated Welch was driving very fast. Welch quickly steered to the left lane cutting off other vehicles and drove through the dirt gore area between the two on ramps. Welch lost control of the Mustang, spun-out and hit, head-on, with a bridge support column.

The Mustang spun around throwing vehicle parts and debris in all directions for several hundred feet. The engine from the Mustang was dislodged and thrown into the highway.

Welch suffered serious leg injuries in the crash. She was extricated from the Mustang. She was wearing a seatbelt.

She was transported by Ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center.

The second vehicle, the Acura sedan, being driven by Anthony Molina, hit the engine block sitting in the travel lane while trying to avoid hitting the Mustang. Anthony Molina received was wearing a seatbelt and received no injuries. His brother, Tustin Molina, was a passenger. He was also wearing a seatbelt and received no injuries.

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY – At approximately 1:15 p.m., a Ford Mustang exiting I-15 southbound at mile post 16 crashed into a concrete barrier and trapped the driver.

Trooper Dan Altenes described the Mustang as being “totaled” in the crash.

Emergency crews had to extricate the driver who was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

Altenes said the driver was in critical condition, though injuries sustained in the crash are non-life threatening.

The cause of the accident has yet to be determined.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

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5 Comments

  • Greg April 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    The writer of this story must be a mustang fan. The first mention of the car model was sufficient. 7 mentions of the mustang were made. Yeah…. we got it.

  • Richard D April 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I guess this is one accident that proves that one should wear a seatbelt!!

  • San April 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

    There are ‘accidents’ and then there are ‘wrecks’…you can’t call what happened here a happenstance…not if she was going that fast and went head on into the cement. If you read between the lines she was being overly reckless…gotta wonder. Prayers going up for the Molina brothers and for the ‘Mustang driver” (geeez!).

  • Kelli April 12, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I really wish people would stop driving like such maniacs. What is so important that folks have to compromise the safety of others by driving way above the speed limits? If you are driving so fast that it RIPS THE ENGINE out of your vehicle, then there is no justification for that. Regardless, I truly do hope Shannon heals quickly and has no lasting effects from the accident.

  • NoCobra March 29, 2014 at 7:19 am

    That wasn’t a Cobra – Ford hasn’t manufactured a Cobra Mustang since 2004. It was a 2008 Shelby GT500.

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