SCIPIO, Utah (ABC4 News) – A car crash near Scipio ejected four juveniles form a car leaving at least one person dead Thursday afternoon.
Officials with the Utah Highway Patrol said the crash happened near milepost 195 on I-15 around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Officials said a maroon 1999 Dodge Caravan was traveling north on I-15 near milepost 194 in a construction project area. The Dodge Caravan was traveling in the left lane and attempting to pass a semi as they tried to pass they entered the construction zone area where the left lane tapered into the right lane. 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, officials add. The car rolled several times ejecting four juveniles, six individuals were in the car at the time of its crash.
UHP officials said the male driver was seriously injured and had to be extricated, a female adult passenger suffered minor injuries. Three of the ejected juveniles were taken to the hospital and subsequently flown to another hospital. The fourth juvenile, an 11-year-old female received treatment from paramedics who were passing by but was ultimately declared deceased at the scene, officials said.
The four Juvenile passengers were found not wearing the proper seat belt restraints, UHP tells ABC4 News.
The Utah Highway Patrol urges drivers to reduce speed in construction zones, follow all traffic control signs and merge lanes early if possible. UHP reminds drivers of the importance of seat belts and child restraints and how they save lives.