Improper lane travel causes three-car collision; woman transported to hospital

Police and emergency personnel responded to an accident on Washington Parkway and E. Telegraph Street, Washington, Utah, Jan. 9, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — A driver attempting to squeeze by other vehicles to make a right-hand turn set off a chain reaction resulting in a three-car accident with one injured driver transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George Saturday night.

Police and emergency personnel responded to an accident on Washington Parkway and Telegraph St., Washington, Utah, Jan. 9, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
Police and emergency personnel responded to an accident on Washington Parkway and E. Telegraph Street, Washington, Utah, Jan. 9, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Just before 7 p.m., officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to the intersection of Washington Parkway and E. Telegraph Street in Washington after the St. George Communications Center received several calls reporting a three-car accident.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers found two vehicles in the middle of the intersection and one pulled off to the side on E. Telegraph Street.

Officers were told there was an injured female in one of the vehicles,Washington City Police spokesman Ed Kantor said. She was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for evaluation. No other injuries were reported at the scene.

A man driving a beige Pontiac was southbound on Washington Parkway approaching the intersection at E. Telegraph Street. In order to make a right-hand turn onto E. Telegraph Street, he attempted to pass two vehicles on the inside by driving in the emergency lane.

As the driver made his way toward the corner, his Pontiac struck a small red Ford in front of him, Kantor said. The impact sent the Ford into the rear of a gray Chevrolet, pushing the Chevrolet out into the middle of the intersection.

Beige Pontiac as it is towed from accident on Washington Parkway and E. Telegraph, Washington, Utah, Jan. 9, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
Beige Pontiac as it is towed from accident on Washington Parkway and E. Telegraph Street, Washington, Utah, Jan. 9, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Airbags deployed in the two vehicles at the rear of the pileup, he said, but the Chevrolet’s airbags did not deploy because it was only hit from behind.

The Pontiac and the Ford sustained extensive damages rendering them inoperable, and they were towed from the scene. The Chevrolet sustained minimal damage and was driven from the scene.

Officers issued one citation to the man driving the Pontiac for improper lane travel.

Washington City Police and Fire departments, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the incident.

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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4 Comments

  • CaliGirl January 10, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Let this be a lesson to all drivers in So. Utah; a large shoulder on a road with a solid white line is NOT a turning lane! Consider the exit from Bloomington Hills onto Brigham Rd. There is only one lane in and one lane out. The shoulder is not a turning lane. How do you know if the lane is a shoulder? It has a solid white line with no breaks or arrow painted in the lane. As a matter of fact, west bound 100 South & Bluff street had the same issue. The shoulder that everyone used as a right turn lane for years was recently changed. The city figured it out, created a break in the solid white line and painted a big a___ arrow so it can now legally be used as a turn lane.

    Sadly, I’ve seen the high school drivers ed cars with student drivers using the shoulder as a turn lane… that’s the problem having the health or math teacher teach driving when they do not have the skills to drive themselves. But that’s for another story.

    • IDIOT COMMENTERS January 11, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      i think you’d find something to whine about no matter what. why dont u apply to become a driving instructor and quit pissing and whining so much. go out and do somethin about it!

    • .... January 11, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Oh look its Call Whacker and her useless and pathetic sniveling from her soap box

      Shut up already and go stand in front of a runaway train and tell them how to run a railroad

  • .... January 10, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Oh I’m sure it was some idiot from Mesa Az that caused the accident

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