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ST. GEORGE — A driver and his adolescent son were killed Wednesday night in a crash on southbound Interstate 15 just south of the Utah-Arizona border. The driver's 11-year-old daughter was transported to the hospital with injuries that authorities said were not life threatening.
Shortly before 10 p.m. MST, a battalion of fire engines, ambulances and officers responded to a two-vehicle crash just north of the Black Rock exit involving a black Ford Mustang and a semitractor-trailer. According to initial reports, the Mustang was underneath the semi and the three occupants were trapped in the car.
Arizona Department of Public Safety Trooper Thomas Callister told St. George News the driver was killed in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, while his 12-year-old son, who was sitting in the front seat, was trapped but initially still breathing. The 11-year-old girl riding in the backseat was also trapped in the mangled wreckage.
Unable to pull the Mustang from underneath the semi, fire crews worked for nearly 30 minutes cutting away the top of the vehicle, as well as two of the doors, to free the occupants. St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said as the young boy was lifted out of the vehicle, he stopped breathing.
Firefighters and paramedics initiated CPR on the child, efforts that continued for more than 40 minutes, but despite the life-saving measures the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Callister said the father and his two children had been heading south on the interstate from their home in Provo.