ST. GEORGE — Unfamiliarity with the new Snow Canyon Parkway interchange led to a crash Thursday morning as a Nevada driver, unsure of what to do, tried an illegal turn and collided head-on with a pickup truck.
Just before 9:30 a.m., the driver of a white Scion from Las Vegas was headed north to Veyo, and took the off-ramp to turn onto Snow Canyon Parkway instead of taking the new through-way lane, St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said.
The passenger in the Scion told the driver that they needed to go straight through the intersection, confusing the driver, Harding said. As the driver began to make a left turn from the right turn lane, the Scion collided head-on with a pickup truck heading south and attempting to turn east onto Red Hills Parkway.
The estimated combined speed at which the vehicles collided was 30-40 mph, Harding said. Airbags were deployed and seat belts were being used, he said, and, despite the force of the crash, no injuries were reported.
The driver of the Scion was issued a citation for failure to obey a traffic device.
“On the road,” Harding said, “there’s painted an arrow, and the arrow is the only direction you’re allowed to go.”
Red Hills Parkway at the intersection was partially blocked for about 45 minutes as crews removed the wrecked vehicles and cleaned up fluid spills.
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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