2 vehicles totaled in collision at Bluff St., 700 South intersection

ST. GEORGE – Despite severe damage to both vehicles involved, everyone walked away from a collision that took place at the intersection of Bluff Street and 700 South in St. George Wednesday night.

A bumper is ripped entirely off a vehicle in a collision at Bluff Street and 700 South, St. George, Utah, Dec. 3, 2014 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
A bumper is ripped entirely off a vehicle in a collision at Bluff Street and 700 South, St. George, Utah, Dec. 3, 2014 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

“Pretty extensive damage on both vehicles,” St. George Police Sgt. David Williams said. “Both were towed. Fortunately, no injuries.”

At 6:53 p.m., the St. George Communications Center received a report of the accident, which occurred when a 16-year-old girl driving a passenger van attempted to turn left from Bluff Street onto 700 South and turned in front of a Chevy Cavalier that was traveling north on Bluff Street, colliding with it.

“The van thought it had a break in traffic big enough to make it through,” Williams said.

In addition to the teenage driver, the van was carrying one passenger . The driver of the Cavalier was the only occupant of that vehicle.

Williams said both vehicles were totaled and had to be towed from the scene. He said responding officers were surprised to find that no one had been injured, considering the severity of damage to both vehicles.

A collision at Bluff Street and 700 South, St. George, Utah, Dec. 3, 2014 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
A collision at Bluff Street and 700 South, St. George, Utah, Dec. 3, 2014 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

The driver of the van received a citation for failure to yield the right of way. Williams said there was nothing to indicate the teen girl had been distracted while driving.

In addition to the SGPD, St. George Fire and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the accident scene, though no one was ultimately transported to the hospital. Several officers oversaw traffic control while the scene was attended to, and it took just over an hour for the scene to be completely cleared, though the disabled vehicles were cleared from the roadway in just over a half-hour, Williams said.

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

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15 Comments

  • Dana December 4, 2014 at 5:43 am

    “Williams said there was nothing to indicate the teen girl had been distracted while driving.”
    So, the cause was just her everyday stupidity?

  • indy-vfr December 4, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I’m sure speed had nothing to do with the crash. I travel Bluff St daily, seems like the average speed is 50 to 60 mph.

  • groanattack December 4, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Haven’t seen any police enforcing traffic laws for months, use to see them all over the place, now nothing. What’s up.

    • slim December 4, 2014 at 8:58 am

      So law enforcement could have prevented a vehicle from turning left in front of an oncoming car ?? Yea, like when has that ever happened?

    • Herd December 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Busy staking out Illegal Dance Parties?

  • koolaid December 4, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Yep… it’s all them gosh darn old people who can’t drive and causing all them accidents

    • robert December 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      they do cause more than the younger ones especially around here, or did you miss the story of the old lady who was too dumb to remember which pedal was the gas and which was the break in smiths parking lot. That aside most people around here cant drive anyway, posted limit is 40 yet i have people honking at me when I’m already going 45. Utahans just dont know how to drive in general regardless of age.

  • My Evil Twin December 4, 2014 at 9:12 am

    From the article it appears there was a new driver, 16 years old, coupled with driving at night. Nothing wrong with either of those. BUT it is more difficult for even an experienced driver to judge the speed of an oncoming vehicle at night, than it is in the daytime. That, coupled with a lack of experience on the young girl’s part was the likely culprit here. Of course people drive too fast on Bluff St. They drive too fast on all of our decent roadways here. Except for the “mobile roadblocks” of folks who shouldn’t be driving anyway.
    Looks to me like this accident will be a good learning situation for a new driver. I’m glad nobody was hurt.

    • Zonkerb December 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Really.? LOL all this from a guy that gets lost in a roundabout

      • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

        THEY NEED TO RING THE NECK OF THE IDIOT WHO DESIGNED THOSE ROUNDABOUTS IN BLOOMINGTON. GUY WAS PROBLY ON DRUGS AT THE TIME…

    • Koolaid December 4, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Was it the same teenage girl who crashed through the Dairy Queen a few weeks ago?

      • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 4, 2014 at 11:46 am

        I THINK THAT ONE WAS 15, SO THIS COULD HAVE BEEN HER SISTER…OR?

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 4, 2014 at 11:25 am

    “The driver of the van received a citation for failure to yield the right of way.” Does this include ‘failure to yield the right of way causing an accident’? cuz if i remember correctly that adds some more $$$ to the fine, but it’s never stated in these articles…
    ,,,
    And I’m betting as dumb as the 16yo was to turn out in front like that, the other car was probly going 60mph or more. And yeah, our cops get an F- for enforcing traffic. I guess it takes too much out of the coffee and donut time… shame…

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

    JUST THINK IF THESE COPPERS WOULD CITE JUST A HANDFUL OF THE TAILGATERS IN THIS TOWN THEY WOULD BE CLEANING UP THESE PEOPLES DISGUSTINGLY BAD DRIVING HABITS, AND AT THE SAME TIME BRINGING IN ENOUGH $$$ TO BUY AN EVEN BIGGER PONY RIDING CAROUSEL FOR THE DOWNTOWN!

  • getting flooded December 5, 2014 at 2:47 am

    The cops are prolly watching the protesters from new York and Ferguson to be out policing the streets

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