LEEDS – A white Chevy Malibu rolled over and landed upside down on Interstate 15 southbound at mile post 22 near the Leeds exit at 3:10 p.m. Tuesday.
Joann Forrest, about 71 years old, was driving from Salt Lake City on her way to Las Vegas where she was moving, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Cooper said.
“She had her cruise control on and got distracted – not in the regular form of distracted – but trying to get her cruise control shut off,” Cooper said, “she lost control, went off the west shoulder and rolled over.”
Summer Kirby was traveling I-15 at the time. “It looked like a really bad accident,” Kirby said, “the car was completely flipped over.”
Forrest was wearing her seatbelt, Cooper said, and suffered what appeared to be only minor injuries. She was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center. At 7:30 p.m. Cooper said that he had been advised by Forrest’s daughter that the hospital is keeping her overnight for observation.
Forrest was traveling alone with two cats and a dog. One of the cats ran away, and the other cat and the dog were taken to Zion Veterinary Clinic which agreed to tend to the pets for two nights. “They were OK,” Cooper said of the dog and cat. Forrest said she planned to return to the area to search for her other cat Wednesday, he said. Ambulance personnel on scene who live in Leeds said they would go looking for the cat Tuesday evening.
The missing cat is an older male, tan with charcoal and his name is Snuggles. If anyone finds Snuggles, please contact Zion Veterinary Clinic in Hurricane at telephone 435-635-4033.
There were no other vehicles involved in the accident, and no citations issued. The Malibu was off the shoulder, out of traffic lanes and there was no significant impact on traffic flow.
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