Update: UHP releases names of husband, wife fatally injured in crash 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. 7, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — The UHP has identified a husband and wife killed in a crash Monday morning on State Route 9, near the Washington County town of Rockville and Zion National Park.

The driver of the Toyota Camry involved in the crash was Warda A. Lewis, 85, and the passenger was her husband, Floyd L. Lewis, 86, both from Rockville, said a statement from Utah Highway Patrol.

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

“The driver of the Toyota lost control,” Roden’s statement said. “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 said. 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 said. “Life Flight 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 seat belts. The driver of the Toyota was not wearing a seat belt and the passenger of the Toyota was wearing a seat belt.”


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