Updated Thursday 9:50 p.m. Officials released a statement that the 3-month-old infant’s condition since she was air lifted to Primary Children’s Hospital Wednesday evening has been upgraded, but the child is still in the hospital at this time. Photos of the crash were also released.
ST. GEORGE — A 3-month-old infant was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City after a single vehicle rollover in Iron County Wednesday.
Just after 5 p.m. emergency crews responded to reports of a crash on state Route 56 near mile marker 38.
Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Evan Kirby said emergency personnel found a badly damaged Chevrolet Impala off to the left of the roadway with a woman and two infants inside the vehicle.
As the woman was driving west on SR-56 her vehicle started to drift off to the right side of the road, Kirby said. She over-corrected by turning sharply to the left, which sent the Impala skidding across the highway before hitting an embankment.
The car rolled at least two to three times before it came to rest on its left side, which is where it was discovered by officers responding to the scene.
SR-56 was subsequently closed for a short time while Intermountain Life Flight landed on the roadway. Troopers are investigating speed as a possible factor in this crash.
“Speed seems to be a culprit in this accident,” the trooper said.
Kirby said one of the infants received a head injury after being thrown from a car seat that was improperly secured in the vehicle and came loose during the rollover.
“They are hopeful at this point that the infant sustained relatively minor injuries, but she was flown to Primary Children’s to make sure,” Kirby said.
The mother and the other 3-month-old baby were taken by ambulance to Cedar City Hospital with minor injuries.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or first responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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