News LIVE: Accident in the Gorge, expect long delays; last update 6:45 p.m. MDT

NEWS LIVE: This report contains news live as it develops and is being  updated continuously. Bookmark and refresh the page periodically for updates. Last update 5:45 p.m. MST, 6:45 MDT

Read final report here: 2 accidents, 2 airlifted; I-15 collisions near Virgin River Gorge

VIRGIN RIVER GORGE, Arizona – A vehicle accident has occurred around 12:30 p.m. MST (Arizona), 1:30 p.m. MDT (Utah) on northbound Interstate 15 around Arizona mile post 9 near Littlefield and the mouth of the Virgin River Gorge.

Emergency crews are working to provide aid to patients and Life Flight medical helicopter has responded for transports.

Arizona Highway Patrol and Mesquite Police Department in Nevada are advising motorists to expect long delays northbound as lane closures are being made to accommodate helicopter and other emergency responders.

At 1:42 p.m. MST, 2:42 p.m. MDT, AHP Sgt. John T. Bottoms said that the Interstate is open, although it is heavily congested.

Anticipate an hour or longer to drive from Mesquite to reach the Gorge,” Bottoms said.

At 4:15 p.m. MST, 5:15 p.m. MDT, AHP Sgt. John T. Bottoms reported traffic was cleared.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. This is a developing story.

Alternate route

Highway 91 from St. George and Littlefield, Ariz. | Image from

To detour traffic in the Virgin River Gorge, take Highway 91. The highway bypasses the Gorge entirely, intersecting with I-15 at Littlefield, Arizona, to the south of the Gorge, and connecting to the City of Santa Clara to the north from which Sunset Boulevard leads to St. George. See map inset.

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  • Thomas S. Monsoon July 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    I’ve ordered missionaries sent out there. Recruitment never stops!! 🙂

    • Seriously? July 29, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      You have a lot of nerve.. have some respect.

    • Warren Jeffs July 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      I also have sent missionaries out there.

  • Mr. Jones July 29, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Monsoon misspelled their name…..spelled correctly is Moron.

  • Andy July 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Aww relax. Stupid as his comment was, he included a smiley face.

    • Mr. Jones July 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Well go check out the pics of the accident….I don’t think there is anything FUNNY about it at all. Ya just can’t fix stupid!

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