HURRICANE – A multi-vehicle accident at milepost 15 on Interstate 15 occurred at approximatley 8:48 a.m. today causing traffic back log for hours.
A Ford F-150 heading southbound on Interstate 15 crossed through the median and into the northbound travel lanes, Utah Highway Patrol’s Cpl Todd Johnson said. The Ford was broadsided by a Chevy Silverado. The female driver of the Ford was ejected out onto the roadway. A Honda Civic then hit the Ford. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The driver of the Ford F-150 was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. Johnson said that a possible six others were also transported to the hospital by ground.
Utah Department of Public Safety released the following information about the vehicles and persons involved:
Ford F-150 – Driver: Nikkole McDonald, 33, from Hurricane. McDonald was flown to the hospital in St. George. The seat belt in her vehicle was not used.
Chevrolet Silverado – Driver: Barbara A. Perkins, 60, from Mesquite, Nev. Perkins possibly suffered injury but was not transported. Her seat belt was used.
Honda Civic – Driver: Scott Moffitt, 40, from Santa Clara. Moffitt was injured and transported. His seat belt was used.
Ford Flex – Driver: Douglas Fletcher, 69, residence unknown. No injury was reported for Fletcher. His seat belt was used.
Chevrolet (make not given) – Driver: Theresa A. Phillips, 58, from Mesquite, Nev. Phillips possibly suffered injury. She was not transported. Her seat belt was used.
On St. George News Facebook, Glen Foster, posted: “My stepson was in the Hyundai. He is sore but ok. They are checking him out at the hospital just to make sure. They were headed north to join the rest of their rugby team at a tournament.”
Also on St. George News Facebook, Mark Tischner, posted that he was there as the accident happened:
“The F150 merged onto I15 from SR9 southbound. I was driving in the front of my wife in my car and went into the fast lane to let the her merge. My wife did the same. The next thing I saw was the F150 jump into the fast lane behind my wife…? My wife had a feeling she needed to speed up and get over. Both my wife and I saw the same thing in our rear view mirrors. The F150 immediately drifted into the shoulder on the left side and then over corrected twice before crossing the median. My heart sank when we saw the explosion of car parts We thought for sure she was dead. We both pulled over at exit 13 and called 911.”
UPDATED 10:35 a.m. with details of the accident origination and cars involved, per update from Johnson. Photos added courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol.
UPDATED 11:45 a.m. Photos by St. George News photographer Dave Amodt added, providing angle view from the southbound side looking at the northbound. Report via Facebook on one of the injured parties also added at the bottom of the story.
UPDATED 5:31 p.m. to include the Facebook post by Mark Tischner.
UPDATED 8:42 p.m. with descriptions of vehicles and drivers according to DPS information received.
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