One woman dies, one critical from rollover on I-15

Fatal accident on I-15 near Snowfield, Utah, Oct. 9, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

WASHINGTON COUNTY – One young woman died and another was airlifted with critical head injuries after the vehicle they were driving rolled near milepost 34, between the Ranch-Black Ridge and Ranch-Snowfield exits, on southbound Interstate 15 Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 2:40 p.m. the two women were traveling southbound on I-15 just off the Black Ridge when, according to a witness, they were making the curve and attempting to pass a bus in the left lane. The driver over-corrected and the vehicle rolled off the hill about 30 feet, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Cooper said.

The driver was a 19-year-old female from Ogden and the passenger was a woman of about the same age, UHP Trooper John McMahon said. Further identifications are pending.

The woman who suffered critical head and other possible injuries was transported by Leeds Ambulance to the Snowfield exit from which Life Flight transported her to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

Both Cooper and McMahon, who attended to the scene with Leeds Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said neither of the women were wearing seat belts.

“We dont know if speed was a factor yet,” Cooper said. “All we know right now is that it was a passing and lose control scenario.”

“We will have more when we look into it,” McMahon said. “I will do all the measurements at the scene, do a diagram and have a tow truck flip it over and see if we find personal IDs to find out who the girls are,” he said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Paul October 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    So sad. And way to younge How bout run the plates. Have to find ID to find out who they are ? Hope the other girl makes it

  • Mika October 9, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Whether or not speed was factor in this crash, can I just say people drive way too fast down the Black Ridge. I drive about 5 mph over the speed limit on the freeway, and in this area 95% of the traffic passes me (most fly past). Either the road needs a redesign to handle these speeds or cops (who I have never seen here) need to patrol the area to keep the crazy under control.

    • My Evil Twin October 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

      MIKA, there aren’t enough cops in the world to keep the crazy under control!
      I do have to wonder about this situation though. She was passing a bus. The bus was in the hammer lane, and she was in the granny lane. (As I read the article, anyway.) Sounds to me like she must have been in one heck of a hurry. And bus drivers are supposed to be professional drivers. Professional drivers do not hang out in the hammer lane. There is even a law about it. If you are being passed on the right, then you are in the wrong lane.

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