4 injured when car collides with wall on State Route 163 in San Juan County

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah, Aug. 13, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Four members of the same family were injured Sunday when the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a wall on State Route 163 in San Juan County.

A rental vehicle was traveling northbound on SR-163 at mile 39 at approximately 7:45 p.m. when it veered off the road and hit a rock wall, the Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release.

The vehicle was occupied by four tourists who are Japanese, the news release said. The driver, a 72-year-old man, is suspected to have fallen asleep prior to the crash.

Also in the vehicle were the driver’s wife, 69, who was in the front seat. Their daughter, 41, was in the back seat with her son, 11.

All four occupants were transported to Blue Mountain Hospital in Blanding. The 41-year-old woman was transferred from Blanding by medical helicopter to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo., with a head injury which requires treatment at a trauma one facility. She is expected to survive.

The other occupants sustained non-life threatening injuries.

All the occupants of the vehicle with the exception of the 41-year-old female, were wearing seat belts, the news release said.


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