Unsafe lane change causes 4-car pile-up, North Bluff Street

Traffic accident at North Bluff Street before Sunset Boulevard, St. George, Utah, Feb. 20, 2014 | Photo by Natalie Barrett, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Four cars were involved in a crash Thursday at 5:31 p.m. just before the intersection of North Bluff Street and Sunset Boulevard when a driver attempted to move out of a left-hand turn lane into the adjacent lane proceeding straight.

The intersection contains three left-hand turn lanes from North Bluff Street onto Sunset Boulevard and two lanes proceeding straight ahead, one of them merging in from Diagonal Street.

A white Nissan Crossover in the farthest right of the left-hand turn lanes moved into the lane heading straight on Bluff and in doing so struck a Cadillac, St. George Police Lt. Joseph Hartman said.  She then spun and hit another Nissan, which in turn hit a Honda CRV.

St. George Police reported to the scene only 5 minutes after the initial crash. St. George Fire Department also responded with two fire engines, and an incident management van with a large “caution crash ahead” sign atop it, and numerous police units were brought in to help control the flow of traffic through the intersection that houses nine lanes, including transition lanes, at its widest point.

The accident occurred just as the sun was setting, causing road closure for a portion of Diagonal Street between 700 West and North Bluff Street, and other delays on Bluff and Sunset affecting many trying to make their way home.

There were were no reported injuries, Hartman said.

The driver was cited for an unsafe lane change. No distracted driving or driving under the influence is suspected, and the accident investigation is ongoing.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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Traffic accident at Bluff Street and Sunset, St. George, Utah, Feb. 20, 2014 | Photo by Natalie Barrett, St. George News
Traffic accident at Bluff Street and Sunset, St. George, Utah, Feb. 20, 2014 | Photo by Natalie Barrett, St. George News

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15 Comments

  • doofy February 20, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    IT’S A CONFUSING INTERSECTION FOR NON-LOCALS, AND THE SPEED LIMIT SHOULD BE LOWERED THERE. PEOPLE BLAST THROUGH THERE AT 45-55 MPH, AND REALLY THE SPEED SHOULD BE LOWERED ON ALL OF BLUFF, SINCE EVERYONE GOES AT LEAST 5MPH OVER THE POSTED LIMIT ANYWAYS.

    • Roland February 22, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      Better markings and/or signs would go a long way. But wait, that costs money. The temple needs the doorknobs polished again, so we can’t afford to fix the roads. 😉

      • Silly Uneducated People February 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm

        You’re ignorant.

  • jason February 20, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    St. george blvd and River Road is just as bad if not worse, in fact River Road between St.George Blvd and Bluff street in a major cluster f****

  • Deke February 20, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    never an excuse for unsafe lane change, but having recently purchased a new crossover SUV myself, I know there is a huge blind spot right where the driver used to be able to quickly glance over before making that final move. car designers have set us up for many lane change crashes in the name of stylish sleekness. glad this one wasn’t on the freeway.

  • Ixlan February 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Is it my imagination or are there way too many accidents in St. George?

    • Roland February 22, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      It’s not your imagination. There are a lot of accidents…higher than the national average for a town this size, or so says my insurance company anyway. There are also a lot of really poorly designed roads and intersections. Is it any coincidence that there would be a high number of accidents? Not really.

  • Person February 21, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I just cant figure out why it took so long to get traffic flowing again. I don’t see why the dedicated lane merging from diagonal to bluff had to be closed off. This city is a lot bigger than it used to be and the traffic is worse, people are going to have to start following traffic rules. Doesn’t matter if there is a blind spot on their car, we all know there is like 200 feet of solid white lines leading up to that left turn. You shouldn’t be changing lanes at all. Hopefully next time 4 cars get dented and there are no injuries I wont have to take a 40 minute detour to get across a street.

  • Dana February 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    There is nothing confusing about that intersection, it is very well marked. Solid white lines mark those lanes.WHY anyone would be changing lanes at that point is ridiculous.

  • Simone February 21, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    This is clearly a case where one idiot was not paying attention while operating a motor vehicle. Frankly I’m appalled that 3 of the 5 commenters on this page blame the accident on everything except the one place it belongs, on the shoulder of the idiot driver who was clearly not paying attention to the one place it should have been, his or her driving.

    • Roland February 22, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Well, actually, this is what you get when your roads and intersections are designed by idiots. Just look at the newly completed travesty at the crossover on St. George Blvd and the freeway. Yeah, try to blame drivers for that one too. Go ahead…I dare you.

  • Bender February 21, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    “A white Nissan Crossover in the farthest right of the left-hand turn lanes moved into the lane heading straight on Bluff and in doing so struck a Cadillac”
    .
    crossover crossed over. snigger.

  • doofy February 22, 2014 at 9:35 am

    DRIVING TOO FAST AND SEVERAL CARS TAILGATING IS WHY THIS WAS A MULTI-VEHICLE ACCIDENT. SPEED LIMIT ON BLUFF SHOULD BE LOWERED AND CITATIONS GIVEN OUT FOR TAILGATING.

  • KanabCowgirl February 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I agree that people drive too d*** fast on Bluff and other roads around stg. I like to try to drive the speed limit. Why try? Cause there have been situations where I had to speed up to avoid be rear-ended.
    Please people be considerate of those of us who like to drive the proper speed limit and QUIT trying to run us off the road or run us over.
    And quit this I have to be first. I have to get ahead of you at all costs attitude.

    • KanabCowgirl February 22, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Oh and please quit practicing for the demo derby on the roads. It’s not good for anyone’s insurance

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