Two killed, more injured in rollover on I-15
August 2nd, 2008 @ 10:38am
By Andrew Adams
Two are dead after a fatal rollover crash on I-15 in Provo. Three were ejected and four had to be extricated. It happened near the S-Curve at mile marker 266.

"It's just a tragic situation," says Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Ted Tingey.

UHP investigators say a silver Mitsubishi SUV was traveling northbound at about 7:20 this morning when the driver veered to the right. The car rebounded back onto the freeway, rolling across northbound lanes, through the median and onto the southbound lanes.

One boy was ejected onto northbound I-15. He was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, then flown by helicopter to Primary Children's Medical Center in critical condition.

Two other people were ejected onto southbound I-15. Crews had to remove the four remaining people from the vehicle. The driver of the SUV, a woman, was killed. So was a child. Another child suffered serious injuries. The rest involved in the accident received minor injuries.

Tingey says troopers believe this was a family with two adults and several children. It's unclear if all the children in the SUV belong to the parents because of a language barrier, he says.

Investigators say it's possible the driver fell asleep, but it's still unknown what led to the rollover.

The crash created a large traffic snarl in both directions on I-15. Traffic was cut to one lane each direction through the accident scene, and the resulting backup stretched to Center Street in Orem for southbound lanes and the University Avenue exit on northbound I-15. Drivers reported to KSL delays of 45 minutes to an hour.