GREEN RIVER – A rollover on Interstate 70 near Green River Wednesday left two people dead while seven others were transported to different hospitals.
Around 4:30 p.m., Utah Highway Patrol responded to a single-vehicle rollover that involved a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe that was eastbound on I-70 and was occupied by nine people, according to a UHP press release.
The Tahoe was east of the Green River interchange when it went off the right side of the road.
“The driver then steered back onto the roadway and then overcorrected resulting in the vehicle going back off the right side of the roadway and down an embankment,” the UHP press release stated.
The Tahoe rolled multiple times and came to a stop on its left side against the south side of a range fence.
Of the nine people in the Tahoe, seven were ejected and two were killed. Based on the statement of a passenger and evidence from the scene, there appeared to have been some seat belt use, yet not enough seat belts for all the vehicle’s occupants to use.
Of the seven survivors, six were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado, for care. Five were taken by ambulance, while the sixth was flown to the hospital by helicopter. The seventh survivor was taken to Castle View Hospital in Price, Utah, by helicopter.
The extent of injuries sustained by the survivors were not specified in the press release.
“Weather does not appear to be a factor and speeds have not been determined,” UHP said in the report. “There is no evidence of drug or alcohol impairment.”
As this report is published, UHP has not released the names of those involved in the accident. However, the vehicle was registered out of California.
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