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Mother killed in rollover accident

By Hunter Schwarz | Posted - Apr. 28, 2012 at 6:06 p.m.


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SPANISH FORK — A Mount Pleasant woman died and two others were injured in a two-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. 89 Friday.

Rebecca Dorton, 36, of Mount Pleasant, was driving north near milepost 303 at 6:25 p.m. when her vehicle went over the rumble strips on the right side of the road. The Utah Highway Patrol reported that Dorton overcorrected, crossing into the southbound lane. Her vehicle struck the rear bumper of a vehicle and was then struck by a pickup truck.

Dorton's vehicle and the truck both rolled, and the truck came to rest upside down. Dorton was killed in the crash. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, UHP troopers reported.

Other drivers on the road stopped to give assistance, including emergency room nurse Stefany Hunt. She assisted Dorton's 1 ½-year-old son, Chance Morrell, who "clearly had a broken leg." She found a book in the front seat of the vehicle and used it to splint his leg.

According to Hunt, one man used tools he had on hand to pry the door off the car to get to the boy while others started CPR on Dorton and checked the driver of the truck. Another woman helped calm the boy until emergency crews could arrive.

"She was comforting him," Hunt said. "She was holding his head and just soothing him by singing songs, Primary songs. You could tell that was really helping him. At that time all he wanted was his mom."

Hunt said that even though the situation was a tragic one, she was grateful to see so many people rush to the aid of the three victims.

"I was just really impressed by the people who came and were willing to help at any cost," she said.

Chance Morrell sustained two broken collar bones and a broken leg. He was flown to Primary Children's Medical Center in critical condition. The driver of the pickup truck, Claudia Munford, 48, was hospitalized at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center with injuries that were reportedly not life threatening.

Contributing: Courtney OrtonEmail:hschwarz@desnews.com

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