A pregnant woman was recently transported by Intermountain Life Flight to a nearby hospital following a head-on collision on Old Highway 91. The crash occurred Sunday afternoon at approximately 4 p.m., involving two vehicles.
Fire Chief Randy Hancey of Santa Clara/Ivins Fire Department stated that the accident happened very close to a dangerous blind curve at milepost 7.
When accident responders first arrived at the scene, they found a red station wagon with its front smashed in completely, sitting in the middle of Old Highway 91. The second vehicle, a Chevy four-wheel drive truck, was pulled off to the side, slammed into some bushes.
First responders were initially told that the pregnant woman was trapped inside the Subaru and that she needed to be extricated from the vehicle. Luckily, when they got there, they only needed to open the door and were able to quickly get her out of the car.
Based on the severity of her injuries, emergency responders called Intermountain Life Flight and had her air transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
Although, the driver of the Subaru was not able to open the door and needed to be manually extricated from the vehicle. Him and the driver of the Chevy truck suffered injuries from the accident as well.
According to Fire Chief Hancey, none of the injuries were life-threatening. The two men were still taken by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
“There’s some pretty mean turns right there coming up over the hill,” Hancey said. “People get going too fast. People think they can still go the same speed but you need to slow down, choose caution.”
He also added that this crash could’ve been a worse accident and thankfully there were no fatalities from this incident.
At this time, the name of the pregnant woman and drivers of the Subaru and Chevy truck have not been released.
The cause of the accident is still being investigated.
Unfortunately, there have been multiple accidents in the area due to a high number of traffic using Old Highway 91 while construction continues on Interstate 15 in the Virgin River Gorge. Fire Chief Hancey advises all drivers to slow down in these sharp turn areas and blind spots, especially during the winter months.
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