A single-car accident Saturday morning in Millard County sent a 12-year-old Lehi girl to Primary Children’s Medical Center in extremely critical condition. The car’s 39-year-old driver and a 17-year-old girl were taken to Fillmore Community Medical Center.
According to Sgt. Jacob Cox of the Utah Highway Patrol, 39-year-old Rachelle Nicholson was driving a Mazda passenger car south near milepost 140 on Interstate 15 about 7:15 a.m. when she apparently drifted off the left side of the road into the median. She then over-corrected, swerving back onto the road across both travel lanes; the vehicle then overturned as it left the highway to the right.
Officers said 12-year-old Fallon Nicholson was lying in the back seat unrestrained. She was ejected as the car rolled and came to rest on top of her approximately 25 feet from the edge of the roadway.
The UHP reported that witnesses who stopped to help were able to lift the car off the girl. Cox said she was transported to Fillmore Community Medical Center and then flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center. Officials at the hospital had no updates on her condition Saturday morning.
Passenger Felecia Nicholson, 17, also was not wearing a seat belt, according to UHP. She told troopers that she woke up lying partially on the trunk through the rear window.
An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.
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