News LIVE: 1 dead in accident on I-15

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TOQUERVILLE — One person has been killed and another transported by ambulance following a one-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Interstate 15 near Toquerville.

The accident was reported at about 3:12 p.m. and occurred on northbound I-15 at approximately milepost 26. The accident involved a white pickup truck driven by a juvenile from Cedar City, according to a press release from the Utah Highway Patrol. The passenger in the vehicle was his father, also a Cedar City resident. The father was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fatal accident on Interstate 15 near Toquerville, Utah, June 12, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Fatal accident on Interstate 15 near Toquerville, Utah, June 12, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

“The driver drifted off the road way then overcorrected,” the press release said. “The vehicle rolled at least two times.”

The juvenile driver was taken by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center. The extent and nature of his injuries have not been specified as this report is published.

Both the driver and his father were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, according to the press release.

Traffic near the accident scene is backed up and slow moving on northbound I-15. In the vicinity of the accident, northbound traffic has been reduced to one lane. Lane restrictions are expected until 5:30 p.m., according to the press release.

Motorists should expect delays and use caution while traveling on northbound I-15 as the scene is being attended to.

Travelers wishing to avoid the freeway traffic backup may take Exit 22 at Leeds and travel on the frontage road to bypass the accident area. Adhere to speed limits if traveling through this residential area.

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

St. George News Assistant Editor Cami Cox Jim contributed to this report.

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