2 crashes hours apart in Washington’s accident-prone intersection

An afternoon accident at Green Springs and Telegraph damaged three cars, Washington, Utah, August 28, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — A pair of accidents Friday evening almost 5 hours apart had the same cause and effect, damaging five cars and slowing traffic through a Washington intersection that has become known for being accident-prone.

An afternoon accident at Green Springs and Telegraph damaged three cars, Washington, Utah, August 28, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
An afternoon accident at Green Springs and Telegraph damaged three cars, Washington, Utah, August 28, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

The first accident happened about 4:45 p.m. Friday, Washington City Police Public Information Officer Ed Kantor said. A blue Kia sedan southbound on Green Springs Drive failed to stop at a red light at Telegraph Street and collided with a westbound tan Buick. The impact pushed the Buick into a third car, a black Ford SUV also westbound on Telegraph.

“They kind of all ended up in a pile in the middle of the intersection,” Kantor said.

The driver of the Ford SUV was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for evaluation due to the air bag deploying.

The driver of the Kia sedan was cited for failure to obey a traffic signal. All drivers and passengers were wearing their seat belts. Traffic was impacted for about 45 minutes.

An evening accident at Green Springs and Telegraph damaged two cars, Washington, Utah, August 28, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Brittany Chubbick, St. George News
An evening accident at Green Springs and Telegraph damaged two cars, Washington, Utah, August 28, 2015 | Photo by  Brittany Chubbick, St. George News

Almost five hours later, at about 9:30 p.m., a second accident occurred at the same intersection.

“Almost a carbon copy, minus one car,” Kantor said, relating the second accident to the first.

A blue Chevy was southbound on Green Springs when it ran the red light at Telegraph. A westbound sedan collided with the Chevy and both vehicles ended up in the middle of the intersection, tying up traffic for about a half-hour.

An evening accident at Green Springs and Telegraph damaged two cars, Washington, Utah, August 28, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Ashley Nisson, St. George News
An evening accident at Green Springs and Telegraph damaged two cars, Washington, Utah, August 28, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Ashley Nisson, St. George News

The driver of the blue Chevy was also transported to the hospital because his air bag went off. All occupants were wearing seat belts.

Investigation is continuing in this accident.

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

An evening accident at Green Springs and Telegraph damaged two cars, Washington, Utah, August 28, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Jafid Garcia, St. George News
An evening accident at Green Springs and Telegraph damaged two cars, Washington, Utah, August 28, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Jafid Garcia, St. George News

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7 Comments

  • noseitall August 29, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I should buy a wrecker and make a small fortune. These morons around here cant accomplish the simplest of task ,like driving..

  • 42214 August 29, 2015 at 11:46 am

    As a rule, a crash prone intersection is a result of poor traffic engineering. BUT, that doesn’t apply when you factor in the lousy drivers indiginous to St G.

    • DB August 29, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      It’s just a very busy intersection, nothing more. What would you do to engineer that intersection better? As I’ve said before, folks who complain about St George drivers in particular don’t get around much.

    • xbcmc059 August 30, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Poor engineering indeed, coupled with poor signal placement, protected/permissive signal system, amateurish road markings and lack of enforcement. Since moving here 8 years ago, I have never witnessed so many “Right of Way” and “Red Light Violations’ in my entire life. Let’s face it folks, they’re not even close. Take all that, factor in the “Blue Hairs” that can barely see over their steering wheels, and you have a recipe for disaster. The I-15/Green Springs is completely FUBAR for 1500 yards in all directions. This of course this can be attributed to a lack of planning by city officials who appear to have never seen or heard of an Environmental Impact Report. Why else would you cram so many businesses and restaurants at one intersection with limited egress to parking lots, and then go ahead and approve approximately 300 new residential dwellings at the top of Green Springs which will only add insult to injury. Yes, poor engineering, and planning. That’s what makes Green Springs/Telegraph the debacle that it is for us all.

  • old school August 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I can’t believe the way people run red lights these days. Maybe the cops should spend some time there at peak hours and write some tickets

  • Ronnie Keith August 30, 2015 at 12:57 am

    The wait at that light is so long, so many drivers race thru on the yellow instead of waiting another round. The inevitable results is many crashes, and many citations for running a red light. Now you have a wrecked car, fines to pay, bad points on your licence, higher insurance premiums, and a possible lawsuit against you. And your not going to get to where you were in such a rush to get to anytime soon. Was it really worth it to try and beat that light?

  • Dexter August 31, 2015 at 3:08 am

    That intersection isn’t safe for driver or pedestrian

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