CEDAR CITY — A young mother and her 1-year-old son escaped serious injury when their vehicle went off state Route 20 and rolled down a steep embankment Wednesday afternoon.
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. David Bairett told Cedar City News the incident happened at approximately 4 p.m. and involved a white Jeep Cherokee on SR-20 roughly 10 miles east of Interstate 15 Exit 95 to Panguitch/Bryce Canyon.
Bairett said the vehicle left the roadway after taking a turn too fast.
“It went off the road and continued for approximately 200 feet down a very steep embankment,” he said.
The driver was able to make a phone call and summon help from inside the car, Bairett added.
Upon arrival, rescuers brought her and the child safely up to the road, while tow truck operators used a cable and winch to recover the vehicle from the steep hillside.
Bairett said the driver was wearing her seat belt, and the baby was properly secured in a car safety seat.
“It’s a good example of seat belts saving lives,” he said. “I was going to get that plug in there, especially with the holiday weekend coming up. Buckle up!”
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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