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.
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.
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