1 sent to hospital after Corvette crashes on I-15

One woman is sent to the hospital following a single-car spinout on Interstate 15 near New Harmony, Utah, Sept. 24, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

NEW HARMONY – An Idaho couple traveling through Southern Utah on an interstate joyride with a group of sports car drivers wrecked their Chevrolet Corvette near New Harmony Thursday afternoon. The driver lost control of the car at a high rate of speed, and the Corvette spun out and smashed into the median guardrail.

One woman is sent to the hospital following a single-car spinout on Interstate 15 near New Harmony, Utah, Sept. 24, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
One woman is sent to the hospital following a single-car spinout on Interstate 15 near New Harmony, Utah, Sept. 24, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

The driver of the Corvette was just re-entering southbound Interstate 15 at the on-ramp for Exit 40 when the crash occurred, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jake Hicks said.

The car’s back tires bore no tread, Hicks said, and the man driving entered the on-ramp at such a high rate of speed that he lost control and couldn’t regain it.

“So, he comes up and loses it this way,” Hicks said, turning his body in a counterclockwise circle to demonstrate how the driver lost control when he hit the gravel on the median. “And then his passenger side, right here, collided with the guardrail, and that took the brunt of the force.”

The crumpled guardrail was spiraled around itself beside the trooper as he re-enacted the incident; only the broken stumps of wood that once held the guardrail in place remained in their respective holes in the ground.

One woman is sent to the hospital following a single-car spinout on Interstate 15 near New Harmony, Utah, Sept. 24, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
One woman is sent to the hospital following a single-car spinout on Interstate 15 near New Harmony, Utah, Sept. 24, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

When dispatch received reports of the accident at 12:39 p.m., it was reported that the woman in the Corvette’s passenger seat was trapped inside the car and was injured. Both New Harmony Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene to assist.

The precarious spot in the middle of the interstate where UHP troopers typically sit to observe traffic quickly filled up with both first responders and other travelers who pulled over to assist and check on the occupants of the Corvette.

“They were actually traveling with a group of other exotic cars,” Hicks said. “So, there was Corvettes and Mustangs and that was the other people that pulled over.”

The concerned travelers were asked to leave the scene to ensure their safety and the safety of both first responders on the scene and motorists passing by, Hicks said.

One woman is sent to the hospital following a single-car spinout on Interstate 15 near New Harmony, Utah, Sept. 24, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
One woman is sent to the hospital following a single-car spinout on Interstate 15 near New Harmony, Utah, Sept. 24, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

Hicks said he was unsure why the group was getting on the interstate at Exit 40, but it was possible they stopped to visit Kolob Canyons while traveling through the area.

Fire Department responders had to remove the passenger door of the Corvette, and the trapped woman was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to be treated for moderate injuries, Hicks said.

The driver rode along with his wife, Hicks said, but he refused treatment at the scene, stating his injuries were minor.

Both the driver and passenger were wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident, Hicks said.

Considering that the Corvette was a T-top Corvette, he said, their seat belts were the only thing that kept them from being ejected.

There were no citations given at the scene, but considering the Corvette’s speed and the condition of the tires, Hicks said, there may be citations issued after investigation into the accident concludes.

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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21 Comments

  • ladybugavenger September 24, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    You’d think if one drives a corvette that they would drive it with tread on the tires. Im sure there’s a good reason. Can’t say that I wouldn’t put the pedal to the metal if I had a corvette, challenger, Chevy camaro (yellow with black rally stripes)..note to self: make sure there’s tread on tires. Dexter should come along soon and say “in my dreams” :). Haha YES!

  • Dexter September 24, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Is that a paid opinion you just posted.? or was that free advice.?

    • ladybugavenger September 25, 2015 at 12:04 am

      This opinion was compliments of ladybugavenger. The advice of make sure tread is on the tires was compliments of the corvette owner we can all learn a lesson on tire tread and how tires should have them. Duh.

      • Dexter September 25, 2015 at 9:40 am

        Only in your dreams. DUH.!

        • ladybugavenger September 25, 2015 at 4:14 pm

          Duh! Hey, what’s that picture by my name? Where did it come from? If there is going to be a picture it should be a ladybug. ( When I see this awkward G I thought of green bay packers and I can’t stand the packers. How do I change it?

          • ladybugavenger September 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm

            Never mind editor its gone. You can delete this post and the last one. Please and thank you. EIC how do I get a picture of a ladybug next to my name?

          • ladybugavenger September 25, 2015 at 4:34 pm

            Hi EIC Joyce, this awkward GG ( that resembles green bay packers a littletooo much ( position and color are different but still, barf. What does it mean?

          • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic September 27, 2015 at 7:54 am

            I’m not sure what you’re seeing, LB – email me a screenshot, please: jkuzmanic@stgnews.com

  • beentheredonethat September 24, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Why buy camaro challenger or corvette? Small man complex?

    • ladybugavenger September 25, 2015 at 12:01 am

      Poor (wo)man syndrome…But I would definitely buy the Chevy camaro. And id be like, All this horsepower and no room to gallup. 🙂

    • Dexter September 25, 2015 at 4:34 am

      Yeah it’s either that. or get a really big truck LOL.!

  • old school September 24, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Lucky Darwin was a little off that day

  • knobe September 25, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I always make sure I have good tires before a long drive .
    I guess that is not important to some other people tho . . . obviously .
    Wonder if that will change now ?

  • knobe September 25, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I always make sure I have good tires before a long drive .
    I guess that is not important to some other people tho . . . obviously .
    Wonder if that will change now ?
    Altho in retrospect , High Speed on the on ramp was probably the Biggest factor .

  • Dexter September 25, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Hey everybody I see REAL NO LIFE the troll has crawled out from underneath his rock to share his.. worthless point of view…. Hey troll don’t start crying when the troll gets trolled

  • Dexter September 26, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    FUN BAG FOR PRESIDENT.!!!!

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