SUV collides with dump truck pulling chipper; 2 women injured, identified

Two women were injured when the driver lost control of the Ford Expedition they were in. It rolled several times, and hit a dump truck Sunday morning. Beaver Dam, Arizona, May 1, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol Trooper Tom Callister, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — An SUV traveling on Interstate 15 in Arizona Sunday morning collided with a dump truck and rolled, leaving two women from St. George injured, one taken by ground transport and the other by air to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for attention.

“A red Ford Expedition was traveling north on Interstate 15 (around 6:20 a.m.) and for unknown reasons they lost control and collided with a dump truck pulling a wood chipper,” Arizona Department of Public Safety Trooper Tom Callister said. “After the collision, the red Expedition rolled multiple times on Bridge Number 1 at milepost 9.”

The vehicle finally came to rest on its driver’s side, trapping the two women inside. Both are residents of St. George, Callister said, identifying the driver as 36-year-old Lynnesse Henderson and her passenger as 38-year-old Tanja Hougen.

“The driver (Henderson) sustained significant injury to her arm,” he said; she was flown by Intermountain Life Flight helicopter to St. George.

Hougen was transported by ground to Dixie Regional as well, Callister said, and has been treated and released.

The driver of the dump truck, a man from Colorado, suffered no apparent injuries. He had just bought the truck and wood chipper in California and was driving home. After Callister assisted him prying his bumper away from the tire, the driver drove the truck from the scene.

Both the driver and passenger of the SUV were wearing their seat belts, as was the truck driver.

“Yet again, this is another collision where seat belts save lives,” Callister said. “With both of these collisions we’ve had the past couple of days, the seat belts saved them.”

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Updated 11:15 a.m. to include names of SUV occupants, details about dump truck driver.

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  • R. May 1, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    It appears it came to rest on it’s LEFT side, hoping the driver has a full and speedy recovery

    • Paul Dail May 1, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      R., thank you for bringing this to our attention. The article has been revised to eliminate any confusion as to “right” or “left” and now refers to it as the driver’s side. And we are hoping the same for the driver.

      Thanks for reading St. George News.

      Paul Dail
      Editor, Reporter

  • .... May 2, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Maybe R would prefer the article say. The driver was in the vehicle when it flipped over. …Oh geeeeeeez who cares right side or left side

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