Husband, wife dead after traffic collision near Zion National Park

A husband and wife died in a collision on SR-9 in Washington County on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

ROCKVILLE, Utah, Sept. 6, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A husband and wife are dead after a crash Monday morning on State Route 9, near the Washington County town of Rockville and Zion National Park.

The couple was in a gray 2005 Toyota Camry, traveling west near milepost 23, says a statement Sgt. Cameron Roden, Utah Highway Patrol spokesman, sent to Gephardt Daily.

“The driver of the Toyota lost control,” Roden’s statement says. “The Toyota drifted right and overcorrected back to the left. The Toyota slid sideways and into the eastbound lanes of traffic.

“At this moment a white 2014 Ford Econoline was traveling eastbound and the driver saw the Toyota losing control. The driver of the Ford slowed down, but was not able to avoid the Toyota.”

The front of the Ford van struck the rear passenger door of the Toyota in T-bone fashion, the statement says. The Toyota came to rest off the roadway. The Ford was pushed over to the right, blocking the right lane.

“The driver and passenger of the Toyota did not survive the crash and were pronounced dead on scene by medical professionals,” Roden’s statement says. “LifeFlight had responded and landed to assist with lifesaving measures. The driver and passenger of the Ford were transported to an area hospital in good condition by ambulance.

“We believe the occupants of the Ford were not using seatbelts. The driver of the Toyota was not wearing a seatbelt and the passenger of the Toyota was wearing a seatbelt.”

Traffic was blocked for multiple hours.

The names of the victims have not yet been released. Gephardt Daily will have more information as it becomes available.

Rockville is marked with the red pin. Image: Google Maps

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