2 taken to hospital after failure-to-yield T-bone collision; STGnews Videocast

ST. GEORGE – Two people were sent to the hospital Monday after the vehicles they were riding in collided at the intersection of Mall Drive and Riverside Drive in St. George.

Two people were sent to the hospital Monday after two vehicles collided in the intersection of Mall Drive and Riverside Drive. St. George, Utah, March 9, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Two people are sent to the hospital after two vehicles collided in the intersection of Mall Drive and Riverside Drive. St. George, Utah, March 9, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Just before 11 a.m., a gray passenger car was traveling west on Riverside Drive when it entered the left turning lane on a yellow light at the Mall Drive intersection. Also moving through the yellow light was an eastbound pickup truck hauling a trailer, St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said.

“(The driver of the passenger car) thought (the pickup) was going to stop for the yellow light, so she turned left in front of the pickup truck and got T-boned by the pickup truck,” Harding said.

The gray passenger car was driven by an elderly woman, Harding said. Her husband, who was seated on the passenger side of the car, which was hit in the collision, was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by Gold Cross Ambulance with possible back injuries. The driver, his wife, was uninjured.

Two people were sent to the hospital Monday after two vehicles collided in the intersection of Mall Drive and Riverside Drive. St. George, Utah, March 9, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Two people are sent to the hospital after two vehicles collided in the intersection of Mall Drive and Riverside Drive. St. George, Utah, March 9, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The pickup truck was occupied by two adult males who were on their way to a work site. The driver was uninjured while the passenger was taken to the hospital with possible neck and back injuries.

Harding was unable to comment regarding the extent of the injuries sustained by either passenger.

Part of the Riverside Drive/Mall Drive intersection was blocked off for about an hour during cleanup of the collision. Westbound traffic was reduced to one lane, and westbound vehicles were unable to turn south onto Mall Drive during that time.

The woman driving the gray passenger car was cited for failure to yield, Harding said. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

The scene was cleared by 11:55 a.m.

In addition to the St. George Police Department, the St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance also responded to the scene.

Harding said drivers failing to yield to oncoming traffic was a major cause of accidents in 2014 in St. George. In the last year, 2,047 vehicle accidents occurred within city limits, he said. So far, 2015 has seen an estimated 418 accidents.

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

  • MelCampos March 9, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    The lady had a flashing yellow. And the men had a green. Three went to the hospital with injuries related to this. Verify facts please. So one sided.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic March 10, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Sounds like something the parties may bring up to authorities; our source of information in this report is St. George Police. We do note that information obtained at accident scenes is preliminary and may not include all viewpoints or results of the accident.
      I hope that helps.
      ST. GEORGE NEWS | STGnews.com
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

  • anybody home March 9, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    If she hadn’t been driving in St. George, the woman’s assumption would have been a reasonable one, but drivers here don’t even stop for the red lights half the time, let alone a yellow. Happens every day at the intersection of Dixie Drive and Sunset. Impatient yahoos just have to get through that light, come h*** or high water. The concept of “waiting your turn” is lost when it comes to driving in St. George.

  • Mesaizacd March 10, 2015 at 2:24 am

    LOL… You’re an idiot.! this is the only place in the country where people run traffic lights. get a grip

    • anybody home March 10, 2015 at 10:42 am

      I guess you’re one of the folks who run the red lights. I’m familiar now with the “you’re an idiot” insult. Means somebody kind of hit a nerve.

      • ladybugavenger March 10, 2015 at 11:04 am

        Or it simply means, you’re an idiot.

        • anybody home March 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm

          Actually, you’re right. I haven’t left Utah yet. That does make me an idiot.

  • SouthernUTfan March 10, 2015 at 6:58 am

    I am constantly amazed that yellow means “go faster” and red means “go even faster” here. I may feel guilty going through a yellow when I’m right at the edge of the intersection when it changes, but how surprised am I when I can look in my rear view mirror and see not one, not two, but sometimes up to three additional cars run the yellow and eventually red light! And they weren’t even that close to me. Seems smarter not to make left turns at all if possible.

  • sagemoon March 10, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I don’t know why people are so “surprised” with the bad drivers. Haven’t you gotten used to it yet? If you live somewhere, you’ve got to cope with the local mores. Running yellow and red lights here is common. Keep an eye out and expect it to happen.

    • anybody home March 10, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      So right, SM. Nobody gonna tell them boys what to do.

  • wilbur March 10, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    …obvious you didn’t learn to drive in Boston…

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