Officials: 12-year-old boy dies, 5 injured after minivan crashes, rolls on I-15 near Fillmore

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FILLMORE, Millard County — A 12-year-old boy died after a minivan carrying seven people drove off I-15 and rolled Saturday evening, officials said.

A teenage girl who had her learner’s permit was driving south in the car, with her father in the passenger seat, near milepost 160 on I-15, about 5 miles south of Fillmore in Millard County, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Brady Zaugg said. About 6:54 p.m., the van drifted off the left side of the road near the edge of the freeway, and the driver steered sharply back to the right, causing the van to begin sliding, UHP officials said.

The vehicle crossed both southbound lanes and went off the right side of the road. It then rolled several times, crossing some fencing and a frontage road, before stopping on the right side of the frontage road, officials said.

The 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy were ejected from the van, and the 12-year-old suffered fatal injuries, according to officials. All the people in the car had serious injuries except for a 9-year-old boy, who was not injured.

The teenage driver and a 48-year-old man were flown in a medical helicopter to Utah Valley Hospital. The other injured passengers were taken to a hospital in Fillmore.

UHP officials identified the boy who died as Alex Speer, of Escondido, California.


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