Man identified in Arizona Strip rollover; alcohol may be factor

St. George Fire Department and Mohave County Sheriff's Office attend to a single-vehicle rollover on the Arizona Strip, near St. George, Utah, Feb. 3, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A 56-year-old man remains in the hospital Wednesday afternoon following his involvement in a single-vehicle rollover on the Arizona Strip Tuesday night that authorities say may have been alcohol-related.

At approximately 6:26 p.m. Tuesday,  Robert Wood was traveling on the Mt. Trumbull Loop, 9 1/2 miles south of the Utah state line, when he lost control of his vehicle and it rolled, according to a statement released by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday.

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Following the accident, Wood was able to escape his vehicle and call 911, St. George Fire Capt. Tyler Talbot said.

Emergency responders from Life Flight were first on the scene, landing a half-mile from where the accident occurred.

Wood was taken by Life Flight to Dixie Regional Medical Center. His vehicle was towed from the scene, and law enforcement officers continue to investigate the cause of the accident with alcohol playing a factor, according to the statement.

Wood suffered internal injuries, including a punctured lung and broken ribs, as a result of the accident, the statement said. As of Wednesday afternoon, he remain at Dixie Regional Medical Center in fair condition, Dixie Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Terri Draper said.

The area where the vehicle crashed was on an unpaved road, which can be hard on vehicles that are not meant for those conditions, Talbot said.

The St. George Fire Department,  Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Gold Cross Ambulance assisted the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at the accident scene.

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

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