UPDATED: Car skids out of control, down steep embankment on old Highway 91

White Chevy Aveo sustains damage when it goes off a cliff and falls 15 to 20 feet down an embankment off Old Highway 91 Thursday evening, Beaver Dam-Littlefield, Ariz., May 11, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Andre Ojeda, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A mother and daughter were riding in a vehicle that skidded out of control and dropped 15 to 20 feet down a steep embankment on old Highway 91 Thursday.

White Chevy Aveo sustains damage when it goes off a cliff and falls 15 to 20 feet down an embankment off Old Highway 91 Thursday evening, Beaver Dam-Littlefield, Ariz., May 11, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Andre Ojeda, St. George News

Fortunately, both of them were spared serious injury as a result of the incident.

Shortly after 5 p.m. officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to a crash involving a white Chevy Aveo carrying two occupants that rolled off Highway 91 near mile marker 2.6, Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire Battalion Chief Andre Ojeda said.

Upon arrival firefighters found the vehicle at the bottom of a ravine with the driver and her daughter waiting for help, he said.

“Both were able to exit the car on their own before we arrived and then called a family member who called 911,” Ojeda said.

The driver and her daughter sustained minor injuries in the crash and were checked by EMT’s at the scene, he said, but they declined transport to the hospital.

The driver told officials that as she was heading south on old Highway 91 her car began skidding just as she was coming out of a curve in the road, and she lost control of the car.

The Chevy continued skidding off the right shoulder of the highway and then dropped 15 to 20 feet down a steep embankment and rolled over one time before the car landed in an upright position.

The woman also told responders that she believed her car started skidding out of control because of the new pavement that was recently installed, he said.


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The car was later winched from the ravine and towed from the roadway.

“There was actually less damage than we expected, considering everything that happened in the crash,” Ojeda said.

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

St. George News Reporter Julie Applegate contributed to this report.

Updated May 12, 2:30 p.m. to reflect clarification of events.

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3 Comments

  • mmsandie May 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Speed was th factor. I went by there at. 3:30 and all was fine new pavement is great but curves mean slow down they have reducing speed

  • comments May 13, 2017 at 12:19 am

    thing looks like you could almost hop back in and drive it home.

  • Proud Rebel May 13, 2017 at 10:19 am

    OH GIVE US A FREAKING BREAK HERE!

    “The woman also told responders that she believed her car started skidding out of control because of the new pavement that was recently installed, he said.”

    This is the attitude of a very stubborn and stupid person, who thinks she is above making a mistake. Well guess what, sweetie, YOU screwed up. Either you were driving over your head, or you were paying attention to something besides your driving!
    I honestly don’t give a right rip if you are stupid and kill yourself! But I sure do care if you are stupid and kill my wife or kids!
    Either learn how to drive, or let someone who DOES know how, do the driving.
    I seldom go off like this, but this driver is just too stupid for nice words!

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