11-year-old dies, three other children injured after rollover crash on I-15 in central Utah
Utah Highway Patrol reports none of the children in the minivan were belted in properly
SCIPIO, Juab County — Four children were ejected from a minivan in a rollover crash near Scipio on Thursday, killing one girl and critically injuring the others.
A 1999 Dodge Caravan was headed north on I-15 and attempted to pass a semitractor-trailer just as the vehicles were entering a construction zone where the lanes merge, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
“The Dodge Caravan quickly ran out of space and was faced with either driving into the barrels or sideswiping the semi. The driver steered sharply to the left and went into the median where it struck a median crossover and vaulted across it. Upon landing, the car rolled several times, ejecting four juveniles,” the UHP said in a prepared statement.
The man driving the Caravan was extricated from the vehicle with serious injuries. The woman in the passenger seat had minor injuries, according to the UHP. Three of the juveniles were taken to local hospitals before being flown by medical helicopter to another hospital, police said.
“The fourth female juvenile, aged 11, received treatment from some paramedics who were passing by, but was ultimately declared deceased at the scene,” according to the highway patrol.
The children were not wearing the proper seat belt restraints, troopers reported.
Names of the victims were not immediately released.