2 women transported to hospital after head-on collision

ST. GEORGE – Two women were transported to the hospital Wednesday evening following a head-on collision at the intersection of Riverside Drive and River Road in St. George.

At approximately 9:16 p.m., a man driving a Hyundai Sonata, traveling westbound on Riverside Drive, attempted to make a left-hand turn to go south onto River Road, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said. The Hyundai collided with a Mazda, occupied by two women, traveling eastbound on Riverside Drive.

“It was a head-on collision,” Holmes said. “It was a pretty significant impact on both vehicles. Airbags deployed in both vehicles.”

The two women in the Mazda were transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George via ambulance with minor injuries, he said, while the man driving the Hyundai remained on scene and declined medical treatment.

Traffic was diverted for approximately 35 minutes while crews worked to clear the scene. Both vehicles were towed.

The driver of the Hyundai was issued a citation for failure to yield, Holmes said.

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

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11 Comments

  • Max October 2, 2014 at 6:17 am

    The moron should be sued, this happens all the time and this location is popular for this, and don’t blame on intersection.

  • Koolaid October 2, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Two women in a head-on collision. Not using their brains?

  • Angel October 2, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I agree with Max ,The driver of the Hyundai was blinded by the lights of the oncoming vehicle . He was not trying to making a left hand turn but was trying to get out of the way .the 2 lady’s where obviously impaired.

    • Koolaid October 2, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Did they avoid further injuring by having those implanted chest protectors? Those should be mandatory for all female drivers!

  • Wrinkled October 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Why do you believe koolaid should be sued?

  • Bobber October 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Will these type of traffic incidents be reported to their bishop?

    • Herd October 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      What if the man in the Hyundai was the 2 women’s bishop?

  • groanattack October 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

    That was most likely a $700 ambulance ride that was not necessary, taxi ride to hospital about $13.

    • Bobber October 2, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      NO, it’s more like $1000 per mile.

  • DAVE RABBITT October 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    How DARE all of you post negative comments about the driver of the Hyundai Sonata!!! He is a good man and an otherwise excellent driver!!! He recently had a change of his routine, was sleep-deprived and distracted by a vision of Joseph Smith, in a cloud formation!!! Somebody should start a fundraiser for him, because he was a victim of an Inadvertant Lapse of Awareness, another fundraiser for the women in the other vehicle, because they were a victim of misogyny and yet another fundraiser, for the man who pointed a gun at another car, because he was a victim of racial stereotyping. Somebody PLEASE start a fundraiser for ME, because I suffer from a bipolar disorder, OCD, Mysophobia, Gingivitis, Agoraphobia and Schizophrenia.

    I seriously believe the traffic lights at that intersection should be lowered, so that they’ll be easier to see and perhaps some blinking LED lights should be placed around the housing of the lights. I worry though, that the blinking lights may cause some people to experience an epileptic seizure?

    Perhaps we could hire a police officer, to stand in the middle of every intersection in Washington County, to guide traffic, but worry that someone may “panic at his instructions and strike the officer’s body with their vehicle.

    Did any of you know that: “Traffic engineering practices require the duration of yellow lights to be at least the time it takes to stop if driving at the speed limit”?? But honestly, if you are traveling at the speed limit in St. George and are 2-3 car lengths away from an intersection when the light turns YELLOW, can you really stop in less than 3 car lengths?

    The Braking Deceleration Distance + Perception Reaction Distance = Total Stopping Distance and at 35 mph, the Total Stopping Distance is calculated to be 136 feet. A Hyundai Sonata is aprox. 16 feet in length, with a wheelbase of about 9 feet. – This calculates to a “car length stopping distance” of 8.5 – 15 car lengths (actual length vs. wheelbase).

    The lights here in town (IMHO) change WAY too quickly, from YELLOW-to-RED! And then afterwards – it seems like the light stays RED, for about 5 min., before turning GREEN again. And you’re pretty much S.O.L., if you’re the ONLY vehicle waiting to make a left turn, because you may not get the left turn arrow.

    This conditions drivers to be aggressive, when attempting to make a left turn, at most busy intersections. We (ALL drivers, in Washington County) are victims of lousy “Traffic Engineering”! There are times (late in the evening) where I have waited impatiently at a RED light, to make a left-hand turn and that lane will stay RED, for 2-3 intervals – because I’m the only one in that lane.

    Drive through St. George between 3-6 p.m., at most of the major intersections and see how long a left-turn arrow lasts. It is beyond ridiculous. If you’re 8-10 cars back; You see the light turn GREEN – and by the time that most people REALIZE that it’s the CORRECT SHADE of green and the senior citizen with 4 bags of groceries makes it from one side of the intersection to the other, then perhaps 3-4 cars make it successfully through the light, before it turns YELLOW – and then RED, 2 seconds afterwards.

    This area has grown too rapidly, in too few years – and people are sick-and-tired of waiting for (what seems like) 15 minutes, to get through an intersection.

    The next time ANY of you complain that the drivers in Southern Utah, suck – think also of the last time you went through an entire week, without driving aggressively and/or – texting / talking on your phone, while driving.
    Do you wear your seatbelt?
    Do you come to a full stop and wait 3 seconds, before proceeding past a stop sign?
    Are you constantly shuffling through music on your stereo?
    Are you eating?
    Are you drinking out of a can?
    Are you steering with your knee, while lighting a cigarette or digging through your purse?
    Are you easily distracted by construction workers?
    Do you have a medical condition which causes you to blackout?
    Are you a victim of racial profiling?

    Or are you simply fed-up with people who seem to be caught-up in their own little world, absolutely oblivious to everyone else around them?

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