Chinese tourists suffer rollover accident on SR-9

A rollover on state Route 9 near mile post 16 occurred just before 3:11 p.m. LaVerkin, Utah, Jan. 1, 2014 | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

LAVERKIN — On Wednesday afternoon, a group of tourists traveling from Springdale toward LaVerkin on state Route 9, rolled at mile post 16 when the driver reportedly got distracted, lost control of the vehicle and over-corrected. Of the four adults in the vehicle, only one was transported for medical attention.

A rollover on state Route 9 near mile post 16 occurred just before 3:11 p.m. LaVerkin, Utah, Jan. 1, 2014 | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News
A rollover on state Route 9 near mile post 16 occurred just before 3:11 p.m. LaVerkin, Utah, Jan. 1, 2014 | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News | Click on photo to enlarge

Police were dispatched to the accident at 3:11 p.m., LaVerkin Police Det. Travis Romney, first on scene, said.

The vehicle, a small Nissan SUV, was heading from Springdale towards LaVerkin on SR-9, Romney said, when the driver lost control, over-corrected and, according to witnesses, rolled three or four times before coming to rest on the highway.  The driver of the SUV said that he lost control of the vehicle when he became distracted, he said.

The driver and three other adults in the SUV were tourists, Romney said, all originally from China, one now residing in Chicago and another in Florida, the other two visiting.

There were no life-threatening or serious injuries, Romney said, the one was transported to the hospital as a precaution. 

One lane of traffic was blocked on SR-9 for two hours in the aftermath.

The vehicle involved was towed from the scene and the remaining parties departed by cab. 

Utah Highway Patrol handled the investigation, while LaVerkin Police and officers from Washington County Sheriff’s Department assisted with traffic control and maintaining the accident scene. The spokesman for UHP has not yet commented on what citation, if any, was issued in relation to this accident.

A rollover on state Route 9 near mile post 16 occurred just before 3:11 p.m. LaVerkin, Utah, Jan. 1, 2014 | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News
A rollover on state Route 9 near mile post 16 occurred just before 3:11 p.m. LaVerkin, Utah, Jan. 1, 2014 | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News | Click on photo to enlarge

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A rollover on state Route 9 near mile post 16 occurred just before 3:11 p.m. LaVerkin, Utah, Jan. 1, 2014 | Photo by Reuben Wadsworth, St. George News

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8 Comments

  • My Evil Twin January 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Well, if the driver is not one of the two residents in this country, issuing him (or her,) a citation isn’t going to do any good. That person will be back in his home country long before his court date, and will just treat the ticket as a souvenir.

  • Char January 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Just to clarify, this was east of the top of the twist. On a straaight stretch of road……

    • Dan Lester January 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      You can get distracted anywhere. They were probably distracted by discussing the diverging diamond at exit 8, knowing they would have to negotiate it to get to eat at Wendy’s.

  • Robbie January 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Are you serious? This happened approx. 30-40 miles away from St George. I highly doubt they were discussing exit 8 in st George. I’ve seen other comments from you about exit 8. It’s there to stay sir. Traffic is quite a bit smoother. It’s the fact that people don’t know how to drive read and fallow signs all at the same time.

    • chupacabra January 2, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Robbie, is sarcasm in your vocabulary? I do agree with your one point about fallowing signs, I can’t imagine tilling any kind of sign into the earth while driving.

    • Mikki January 3, 2014 at 10:16 am

      FOLLOWING

  • Mikki January 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

    FOLLOWING.

  • Scot January 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Tamen keneng zai kai che kai de tai kuai. Tamen yao man man de kai che bing dang kai che bu yao ningshijie xian he kan jian nage lu. That is what I think.

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