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Man airlifted to hospital after truck submerges into Quail Creek Reservoir

Posted at 10:35 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 00:35:22-05

HURRICANE, Utah — A man was transported by Life Flight to St. George Regional Hospital after the truck he was in submerged into the water from the loading dock at Quail Creek State Park on Tuesday evening, according to St. George News.

While the investigation is still active, Lt. Regan Wilson with the State of Utah Department of Natural Resources said foul play is not suspected, though it isn’t definitely ruled out.

“It’s unknown whether or not he put his vehicle in drive or reverse or what actually happened,” Wilson said. “Rangers are investigating at this time.”

The man’s condition was reported unknown at the time, he said.

A witness told St. George News the man had been fishing alone and was loading his boat onto a trailer hitched to his truck when the incident occurred. The man appeared conscious and aware while the truck rolled backward slowly into the water but made no attempt to flee the vehicle, the witness said, and instead appeared to be trying to salvage his truck and his boat.

Emergency personnel load a victim of a boat launching accident into a Life Flight helicopter for medical transport at Quail Creek State Park, Hurricane, Utah, Jan. 12, 2021.