PAROWAN – A Ford Van rollover at 6:40 p.m. Sunday on northbound Interstate 15 in the area of mile post 76 in Parowan required left lane closures in both directions of the Interstate. At 7:17 p.m. the lanes were cleared and traffic flow resumed.
The van was carrying a man, woman, and five children, Trooper Jalaina Hawkes, spokeswoman for the Utah Highway Patrol, said.
Later Sunday night, the UHP released more detailed information and photos related to the accident.
“The right rear tire sheared off dropping the right rear hub onto the ground,” the UHP said in a statement. “The driver lost control of the vehicle and it spun into the median where it rolled over one-and-1/2 times coming to rest on its left side.”
Six of the people, five children and their father, who is paralyzed, were transported to Valley View Medical Center with minor injuries, the UHP said. The mother, who was unharmed, rode in the ambulance with the children. She was uninjured.
Everyone in the van was properly restrained, either by wearing seatbelts or being properly strapped into car-seats.
Children involved in the accident included 1-year-old twins, a boy and girl, a 10-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old boy.
Reported injuries appeared to be minor, Hawkes said, but all seven were being transported for medical evaluation.
No other vehicles were involved.
Ed. note: This story has been updated with additional information from the Utah Highway Patrol.
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