WASHINGTON CITY – The Utah Highway Patrol and other agencies responded to a rollover involving a teenage driver on southbound Interstate 15 at the Hurricane exit Tuesday mornin.
Around 7:30 a.m., a Ford Explorer SUV veered right off the on-ramp of Exit 16 on to southbound I-15 and rolled. The SUV landed on its tires, but was severely damaged. The driver, a 16-year-old girl, managed to climb out of the wreck with minor injuries, UHP Trooper Mike Murphy said.
“She said she believes she looked down to check what her speed was and lost sight of the roadway,” Murphy said.
The driver received a minor injury to her head and was a bit upset, the trooper said. However, the teen was wearing her seat belt and airbags did deploy.
“She just got her license two days ago,” Murphy said. “… (This was) inexperience and not enough time behind the wheel.”
The driver was cited for failure to stay in a single lane. No other vehicles or individuals were involved in the rollover.
As the incident was off the roadway, there was no major impact to traffic getting onto southbound I-15.
In addition to the UHP, units from the Washington City Fire Department, Leeds Area Fire Department, Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue and Washington County Sheriff’s Office also responded.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Ed. Note: Vehicle plate obscured in consideration of juvenile driver.
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