15 Passenger Van Rollover Crash Kills 9 in Utah

On Sept. 26, 2005 a 15 passenger van returning to the Logan school campus from a field trip to look at harvesting equipment rollover over killing nine when it rolled several times after a rear tire blew. Everyone was ejected from the vehicle and nine of the men were killed. Peterson, one of two survivors, said he remembers nothing from the accident. He said the group had been excited to be out of the classroom for a field trip. His last memory is looking back at the shed where they had learned about a type of combine. He remembers his instructor, Evan Parker, 45, was driving.

Investigators from the Utah Highway Patrol don’t believe anyone in the 15-passenger van was wearing a safety belt. The van was passing another vehicle on the right side of eastbound Interstate 84 when a rear tire blew causing the vehicle to roll several times, police said. The UHP also said the van was traveling 95-100 mph when the crash happened.

After the rollover crash the Logan school grounded its fleet of 15-passenger vans. These fifteen passenger vans like this 1994 Dodge that the group was riding in when the roll over occurred was part of the affected vans subject of four National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warnings since 2001. Those vans include the Ford Econoline E350 Van, Ford Club Wagon Van, Chevrolet Express 3500 Van, GMC Savana G3500 Van, GMC Rally / Vandura G3500 Van and Dodge Ram Van/Wagon B3500 Passenger Vans.


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