Driver injured when running red light results in head-on collision

ST. GEORGE — A woman was injured Sunday evening in a head-on collision on Dixie Drive when she ran a red light and struck another vehicle that was turning left onto the Interstate 15 northbound on-ramp.

Just before 8 p.m., the St. George Communications Center received a report of a head-on collision on Dixie Drive near the traffic light just west of the I-15 on-ramp, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said.

Officers and emergency personnel arrived to find a white Hyundai Elantra sitting sideways in the eastbound lane, facing north, he said. A few feet away was a brown Dodge Dakota pickup truck stopped in the same eastbound lane, facing south.

The Dodge traveling east on Dixie Drive approached the traffic light just west of the I-15 on-ramp, heading north, Holmes said, and was struck head-on by the westbound Hyundai when the driver failed to stop for a red light.

The impact sent the vehicles spinning out of control until finally coming to rest in the same eastbound lane, facing opposite directions.

The woman driving the Hyundai sustained minor injuries from the crash, Holmes said, but declined transport by ambulance by advising she would go to the emergency room on her own.

No other injuries were reported, he said.

Both vehicles sustained severe frontal damage, were rendered inoperable and then towed from the scene. Airbag deployment was reported in the Huyandai, but not in the Dodge, he said.

The woman driving the Hyundai was issued a citation for failing to obey a traffic control device and for having no proof of insurance, Holmes said.

Dixie Drive was blocked immediately after the collision. However, traffic was quickly diverted into two lanes to allow traffic on the over-pass, he said.

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

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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