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NEWS - "Family escapes serious injury in crash thanks to seatbelt use"

An Air Force family relocating to Alaska escaped serious injuries in an crash on I-15 Wednesday morning. Seatbelts are credited with keeping them safe. Photo courtesy Utah Highway Patrol

TREMONTON - By Ellen Cook, Headliner Media Specialist, December 28, 2021

The use of seatbelts kept a family of six from serious injuries after the Suburban they were in slid on snow-covered I-15 and overturned on Wednesday morning, December 29, about 9:45.

According to Corporal Jack Jessop with Utah Highway Patrol, the family, which consisted of a father, 46, the mother, 36, and four children ranging in ages from 7 to 15, were traveling through Box Elder County, relocating from Arkansas to Alaska with the Air Force. As they neared the northbound exit at MM 385 and attempted to change lanes, their vehicle and the U-Haul trailer they were pulling began to slide and went off the road to the right, rolling onto its side.

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I-15, Tremonton, December 29, 2021 - Photo courtesy UHP

Tremonton ambulance and Garland First Responders arrived on scene and transported several members of the family to Bear River Valley Hospital. All sustained only minor injuries.

The northbound exit was closed for more than an hour while the crash site was cleared and reopened about 11:20 a.m.

UHP Lt. Bryce Kohler said the accident could have had more serious consequences. "We can't stress enough how important it is to wear your seatbelt. Without them, members of this family could have been seriously injured."

He also encourages travelers to be aware of slick roads associated with winter weather. "This is a good reminder that due to the cold temperatures, roads are likely to be slick, so please slow down and make sure you have good tires on your vehicles," he said.

I-15, Tremonton, December 29, 2021 - Photo courtesy UHP


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