KANE COUNTY – A group of females from the Short Creek community of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, were involved in a truck accident June 9 that resulted in injuries to the driver, a passenger and 12 females riding in the bed of the truck. Initially, little information was available due to confusion about which emergency agency had taken charge of the accident.
The accident occurred around 4 p.m. on Sand Dunes Road near Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. One individual was taken by Life Flight helicopter due to the severity of her injuries, while 13 others were transported to area hospitals for various injuries.
When contacted about the accident, Coral Pink Sand Dunes park officials referred questions to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. Keiren Chatterley, with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, said Utah Highway Patrol responded and handled the situation.
“I spoke to both the lieutenant and the sergeant down there, who both confirmed the accident occurred on a county road,” UHP Sgt. Jake Cox said. “We had a trooper come out to assist, but the Utah Highway Patrol did not handle the crash. Kane County Sheriff’s were responsible.”
“We don’t have a case report yet. We dispatched Colorado City, as well,” Chatterley said when contacted a second time. “It was their ambulance who transported everyone. We responded after the fact.”
After a submission of official requests for information, the Colorado City Fire Department responded.
According to information provided by Colorado City Fire Chief Kevin Barlow, 14 females were riding in a double-cab, long-bed GM pickup truck with racks when the truck rolled on Sand Dunes Road.
The Colorado City Fire Department responded to the scene with three ambulances and a rescue unit; Kane County Ambulance responded with three ambulances; and Intermountain Healthcare Life Flight responded with one helicopter. The Kane County Sheriff’s Office, Utah Highway Patrol, Kanab City Fire Department and Utah Department of Natural Resources also responded.
Thirteen of the females were transported by ambulance; nine were taken to Kane County Hospital in Kanab and four were taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.
One female was taken by Life Flight to Dixie Regional Medical Center. All of the females were stable, but their injuries included closed head injuries, pelvic fractures, extremity fractures, lacerations and muscle strains.
“We can confirm we had one patient flown to Las Vegas as a result of an accident that occurred near Highway 89 Monday evening,” Dixie Regional Medical Center Public Information Officer Teri Draper said.
Due to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act laws, Dixie Regional Medical Center could not release the name of the patient who was Life Flighted or any specific details about the patient.
ED. NOTE: St. George News Assistant Editor Cami Cox contributed to this article.
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