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Fatigue leads to rollover

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
By theleader

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A 15-year-old Tremonton driver with a learner’s permit, fell asleep at the wheel of a maroon minivan Monday afternoon, rolling the vehicle off I-84.

Lt. Lee Perry of the Utah Highway Patrol said the minivan was traveling eastbound, from Burley, Idaho, to Tremonton, at about milepost 29.  The mother of the driver was a front-seat passenger and was asleep.  Two other passengers, a 12-year-old male and a nine-year-old female, were in the back seat.  The younger female had taken off her seatbelt.

Perry said the driver dozed and then drifted off into the median, striking two delineator posts.  He awoke and attempted to bring the vehicle back onto the road.  It crossed both eastbound lanes, spinning to the right, and exited the roadway facing west before rolling down a steep embankment, coming to rest on the driver’s side.

During the rotation, the nine-year-old was ejected through a side window and suffered abrasions to her right shoulder.  The three other occupants, all in seatbelts, received minor injuries.  All four were transported to Bear River Valley Hospital for treatment.

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