SUV veers off I-15, down embankment in Beaver County; girl in critical condition

A white Chevrolet Suburban against a tree after a rollover that sent a 14-year-old girl to Dixie Regional Medical Center, Beaver County, Utah, May 22, 2019 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A 14-year-old girl was taken by Intermountain Life Flight to Dixie Regional Medical Center after the SUV in which she was a passenger ran off of Interstate 15 in Beaver County and crashed into a tree.

A white Chevrolet Suburban was southbound on I-15 near mile marker 101 around 6 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle while making a lane change, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. David Bairett said.

The SUV, carrying six occupants, left the roadway off the right shoulder and rolled down a 40-50 foot embankment before hitting a tree.

Two 14-year-old occupants were ejected from the vehicle; one was flown to the trauma center in critical condition. The other occupants sustained minor injuries.

A thunderstorm had made roadways slick, which caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle during a lane change, Bairett said. The occupants of the vehicle were traveling home to California.

He said the incident is similar to a fatal accident that occurred Monday when a driver lost control on the I-15 near mile marker 110 after the roads became slick with ice and slush.

This report is based on statements from police and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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