ST. GEORGE – Two teens escaped serious injury early Saturday morning after the truck they were in left the road and rolled down an embanked by the Virgin River.
Around 3 a.m., police were alerted to a rollover off Riverside Drive east of the River Road intersection. When they arrived on scene, they found a large pickup truck at the bottom of an embankment.
“We think the driver fell asleep … The truck was pretty much demolished,” St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said, adding that as the truck rolled, it smashed into a few boulders on the way down before coming to a stop on its roof. “Amazingly, no one was injured,” he said.
The teens, a 17-year-old boy, who was driving, and a passenger, a 15-year-old girl, were both wearing their seat beats when the truck rolled, Despain said. He also said the truck was a full-size pickup, which possibly helped the teens escape injury.
The driver was issued a citation for improper lane travel.
Though the teens came away from the wreck unscathed, they were taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for evaluation.
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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