Rollover on I-15 at Parowan causes temporary lane closures

PAROWAN – A Ford Van rollover at 6:40 p.m. Sunday on northbound Interstate 15 in the area of mile post 76 in Parowan required left lane closures in both directions of the Interstate. At 7:17 p.m. the lanes were cleared and traffic flow resumed.

The van was carrying a man, woman, and five children, Trooper Jalaina Hawkes, spokeswoman for the Utah Highway Patrol, said.

Later Sunday night, the UHP released more detailed information  and photos related to the accident.

“The right rear tire sheared off dropping the right rear hub onto the ground,” the UHP said in a statement.  “The driver lost control  of the vehicle and it spun into the median where it rolled over one-and-1/2 times coming to rest on its left side.”

Six of the people, five children and their father,  who is paralyzed, were transported to Valley View Medical Center with minor injuries, the UHP said. The mother, who was unharmed,  rode in the ambulance with the children.  She was uninjured.

Everyone in the van was properly restrained, either by wearing seatbelts or being properly strapped into car-seats.

Children involved in the accident included 1-year-old twins, a boy and girl, a 10-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old boy.

Reported injuries appeared to be minor, Hawkes said, but all seven were being transported for medical evaluation.

No other vehicles were involved.

Ed. note: This story has been updated with additional information from the Utah Highway Patrol.

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  • KanabCowgirl March 30, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Joyce please proof read ur 1st sentence. A6 6:40 pm

    • Joyce Kuzmanic April 1, 2014 at 5:40 am

      Just did, KanabCowgirl – please see my reply to cjmauthe. Thanks.

  • Jon R. Cocktoasten March 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    So critical… Sheesh!

  • cjmauthe April 1, 2014 at 3:35 am

    The only thing I see wrong in the first sentence is that “mile post” should be one word. If you want to get picky, the word “Van” should be “minivan.” The fifth paragraph ends with an incomplete sentence, though.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic April 1, 2014 at 5:33 am

      Actually, cjmauthe, AP Style directs two words for both mile marker and mile post, and generally we defer to AP Style. On initial publication, photos were not yet available and our UHP contact, the public information officer, described the vehicle as a van. We wouldn’t presume to second guess our source’s description. These vehicles – trucks, pickup trucks, vans, minivans, SUVs, four-by-fours, get so tricky, don’t they? 😀
      I will check out that fifth paragraph, though, and see if we need to tighten it up.
      Thanks for caring,
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      P.S. Got it – our apologies, that incomplete sentence is now complete. The mother was uninjured. Again, thank you cjmauthe.

  • KanabCowgirl April 1, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Not trying to be picky. Just noticed that 1 thing. I didn’t see any comments on the board b4 I posted mine. I think I read the article around midnight.
    Is there any chance the names of the family are mentioned anywhere?

    • Joyce Kuzmanic April 1, 2014 at 9:35 am

      YOu’re fine, KC. All comments were moderated this morning on this story – just didn’t need to repeat myself. UHP did not provide us names on this one.

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