Rollover on I-15 sends driver and small child to hospital

Numerous emergency personnel respond to a single vehicle rollover that sent two to the hospital, Washington City, Utah, April 16, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — A woman and her 6-year-old daughter were injured in a rollover on Interstate 15 that left her minivan nearly 30 yards from the roadway Sunday afternoon.

Silver Mazda minivan rolls off of Exit 16 southbound off-ramp of Interstate 15, injuring the driver and her young daughter, Washington City, Utah, April 16, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Shortly before 4:30 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the single-vehicle rollover on southbound Interstate 15 near Exit 16 involving a silver Mazda minivan that was carrying three occupants, the driver and her two young daughters, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Lacy said.

Upon arrival officers found the Mazda sitting upright down an embankment off of the outside shoulder several yards from the roadway. The vehicle was severely damaged in the incident.

The driver told EMS that she was experiencing back pain, while the woman’s 6-year-old daughter may have sustained a possible abdominal injury, Lacy said. The other occupant, a 5-year-old girl, appeared uninjured.

Both mother and daughter were treated at the scene before being transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment while the 5-year-old was cared for by a family member.

After speaking with the driver and witnesses at the scene, authorities determined that the woman veered to the right as she approached Exit 16 and entered the off-ramp intent on leaving the highway.

Numerous emergency personnel respond to a single vehicle rollover that sent two to the hospital, Washington City, Utah, April 16, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

The driver lost control when she entered a sharp curve in the road at a high rate of speed, which sent the minivan skidding off of the outside shoulder of the off-ramp, Lacy said, where it began to slide sideways down the embankment before it started to roll.

The minivan continued rolling until it came to rest in an upright position several yards from the roadway.

“The driver took the off-ramp too fast, and the vehicle began to roll once it left the shoulder,” Lacy said.

One witness at the scene said the vehicle went airborne during the rollover, however, Lacey said, the car may have left the roadway for an instant, but that didn’t appear to factor into the crash when looking at the tracks left in the path of the vehicle.

No citations have been issued at this time, Lacy said, as the incident is still under investigation.

The Utah Highway Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington City Police and Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue responded and tended to the scene.

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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  • mmsandie April 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I noticed the license plates on the vehicle, maybe she just bought it, speed too high, curve sounds,sounds like mom was in a hurry.

  • SteveSGU April 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    There need to be warning signs on that exit telling people they must slow down on the ramp, because the curve is deceptively sharp.

  • .... April 16, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Well I guess everybody is entitled to their opinion eh ?

  • Proud Rebel April 17, 2017 at 8:52 am

    That is a very poorly designed exit! The deceleration lane is way too short! Traffic just does not have the time and distance to go from 75 down to 25. For those of us who are used to it, it’s bad enough. But you get someone who is not used to it, and may miss the warning sign, it is a trap.
    Another”good job” by UDOT…

  • comments April 17, 2017 at 11:52 am

    i always hit that exit at at least 100 and i always been fine

    • comments April 17, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      actually have no clue which exit this is right off hand. glad all 3 are not badly hurt

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