Family of seven injured in rollover accident

Sunday , July 27, 2014 - 10:07 PM

By Morgan Briesmaster
Standard-Examiner staff

BRIGHAM CITY — A freeway rollover accident in northern Utah slowed the late afternoon commute on Sunday.

A family of seven was traveling north along Interstate-15 when their 2003 Ford Expedition rolled into the lowered, grassy median near mile marker 363 outside of Brigham City.

Around 4:15 p.m. the vehicle’s rear passenger-side tire blew.

"Initially the tire tread separated from the tire,” said Lt. Lee Perry, from Utah Highway Patrol. “Then after it separated, the tire blew.”

The vehicle then tipped slightly to the left “because of the number of people in the vehicle and the weight in the vehicle.” This caused the vehicle to spin sideways, travel off the road-way — the front-end facing south — into the metal guard rail flipping the SUV one complete time.

The 31-year-old driver, wearing a seat belt, suffered head and neck injuries and was transported to by ambulance to Ogden Regional Medical Center in stable condition.

His 9-year-old son, sitting as front-seat passenger and also wearing a seat belt, was extricated from the vehicle and flown to Primary Children’s hospital in critical condition.

A 58 year-old female was flown from the scene to Ogden Regional Medical Center in serious condition. She suffered head and neck injuries.

The cable median barriers prevented the vehicle from going into oncoming traffic. 

“It slowed them down tremendously and kept them from going further down the road,” Perry said. “Which is what these cable median barriers are designed for.”

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