Driver ejected in Washington County rollover, airlifted to hospital in critical condition

ST. GEORGE — A driver was flown to the hospital in critical condition after he was ejected during a rollover on Interstate 15 in Washington County Monday morning.

An Intermountain Life Flight helicopter lands on the northbound side of Interstate 15 to fly a critically injured driver to the hospital, Washington County, Utah, Feb. 26, 2024 | Photo courtesy of Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue, St. George News

Shortly after 11 a.m., officers and emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle rollover on southbound I-15 near mile marker 31, about six miles north of the Hurricane exit. Intermountain Life Flight was launched due to the severity of the crash.

The Nissan was heading south along the interstate “at a high rate of speed” when the driver lost control of the truck as it veered to the left and went off the roadway, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cameron Roden told St. George News.

The vehicle continued across the median, where it struck the guardrail and flipped over the barrier. It came to rest near the left shoulder of the I-15’s northbound side. 

The driver and sole occupant of the Nissan pickup truck was ejected during the crash and later flown to St. George Regional Hospital in critical condition, Roden said.

Two northbound lanes were closed briefly to allow the helicopter to land. Once the scene was cleared, they were reopened for travel.

The Utah Highway Patrol, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Utah Department of Transportation’s Incident Management Team responded to the scene. Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue responded with an engine, a heavy rescue truck, and an ambulance and medics that provided emergency medical care to the driver until the helicopter arrived. 

This report is based on statements from police, emergency personnel or other responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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