1 dead, 1 injured after Corvette goes airborne, hits guardrail

Posted at 8:03 PM, Oct 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-25 22:13:24-04
Image courtesy  Jud Burkett / The Spectrum & Daily News.

Image courtesy Jud Burkett / The Spectrum & Daily News.

ST. GEORGE, Utah – A man was killed and another man critically injured in a car crash in southern Utah Saturday, and police said the vehicle went airborne before colliding with a guardrail at a high rate of speed.

According to information from the Utah Highway Patrol, a 32-year-old male was driving westbound on State Route 7, also known as Southern Parkway, at high speeds around 4 p.m.

The Corvette, “went airborne as it crossed the threshold of the River Road structure and then collided with the guardrail on the right,” according to Utah Highway Patrol. A trooper said the structure mentioned in the release is a freeway overpass. The front end of the vehicle was wedged under the rail upon impact, and the car slid about 200 feet.

The driver suffered serious injuries and died due to the crash. A male passenger, age 27, was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Both occupants appeared to have been wearing seat belts, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

The names of the victims have not yet been released.

The photo in this story is courtesy Jud Burkett/The Spectrum & Daily News.