By RODNEY D. BOAM
Two Preston High School students were involved in a one car rollover at about 1600 E. Oneida on Wednesday, Oct. 22, during the noon hour.
Haylee Hatch, 16, and Noah Sparks, 17, were gong to Lamont reservoir for lunch when the black Ford Ranger they were driving ran off the road, onto the soft shoulder and flipped when they hit a ditch bank, a family spokesman said.
Hatch is the daughter of Sam and Katie Hatch, and Sparks is the son of Michael Sparks. They were both transported by ambulance to Franklin County Medical Center.
Hatch was treated for a head laceration, bumps and bruises before being released.
Sparks was sent by lifeflight to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello for further evaluation and treatment of a neck injury.
“He was heavily sedated and they were trying to get him to breath on his own,” the spokesman said Wednesday afternoon.
The Franklin County Sheriff Deputy who investigated the accident said, “It did not appear that the driver attempted to break at all, there were no skid marks. Both patients were extricated from the vehicle,”
The Deputy continued, “At the hospital the driver was diagnosed with a broken neck which was causing paralysis.”
Franklin County Sheriff Dave Fryer said the accident is still under investigation.
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