ST. GEORGE – Being distracted by lightning strikes is what police believe was the cause of a vehicle rollover on River Road in St. George Friday evening.
Around 6:10 p.m., police and other emergency responders were dispatched to the area of 6652 S. River Road, south of the Family Dollar Distribution Center in the Fort Pierce Industrial Park, where a passenger car occupied by two juveniles had rolled.
“The juvenile driver – something drew his attention away (from the road),” St. George Police Sgt. Dave Williams said. “They were looking at the lightning, drifted off the road and they over-corrected and rolled in the loose gravel.”
The car rolled and landed on its tires just off the roadway. Both juveniles, the driver and a passenger, were wearing their seat belts and experienced only minor bumps and bruises, Williams said.
Multiple lightning strikes were witnessed in the area, and the rain was intermittent as responders tended to the scene.
The juveniles were medically checked by Gold Cross Ambulance responders at the scene and were taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center by their parents, Williams said.
The crash rendered the car inoperable, and it had to be towed from the scene.
The accident itself is still under investigation, Williams said, so it remains to be seen whether a citation will be issued.
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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