Head-on collision on Red Hills Parkway injures 1

A head-on collision at Red Hills Parkway and Skyline Drive injured one man Tuesday morning, St. George, Utah, Oct. 20, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Failure to look before turning caused a two-car head-on collision Tuesday morning on Red Hills Parkway, injuring one man.

A head-on collision at Red Hills Parkway and Skyline Drive injured one man Tuesday morning, St. George, Utah, Oct. 20, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A head-on collision at Red Hills Parkway and Skyline Drive injured one man Tuesday morning, St. George, Utah, Oct. 20, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Just before 9:15 a.m., a westbound GMC pickup truck started to turn left onto Skyline Drive from Red Hills, St. George Police Officer Tyrell Bangerter said. The pickup truck driver did not notice an eastbound white Nissan passenger car and turned in front of it.

The resulting head-on collision severely damaged both vehicles and injured the driver of the Nissan.

“All witnesses tell us the same thing,” Bangerter said. “The pickup just didn’t see the white car approaching, made a left-hand turn in front of him, and they hit head on in the intersection.”

A St. George Police officer witnessed the crash and called it in to the St. George Communications Center, eliciting a very fast response from all agencies involved.

The driver of the Nissan suffered an ankle injury and airbag burns. He was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George by private car, Bangerter said, refusing transport by ambulance.

The driver of a white Nissan (second from left) involved in a head-on collision is helped to a private car for transport to the hospital, St. George, Utah, Oct. 20, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
The driver of a white Nissan (second from left) involved in a head-on collision is helped to a private car for transport to the hospital, St. George, Utah, Oct. 20, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

The driver of the pickup was uninjured, Bangerter said, but was issued a citation for failure to yield on a left turn.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene and traffic was tied up for about 45 minutes while officials investigated and cleaned up the area.

Bangerter said both drivers were wearing their seat belts and airbags were seen in both cars.

Units from the St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene.

“Seat belts save lives,” St. George Fire Captain Rick Nelson said. “Look at the mess, and both drivers walked away. That’s amazing.”

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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