Wreck on 700 South; 1 to hospital, 2 citations issued

A GMC pickup is parked on 700 South after hitting a towed Mustang. The driver was cited for distracted driving. St. George, Utah, Aug. 24, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A distracted driver on 700 South Street hit a car being towed as it was crossing an intersection at 100 East Wednesday evening.

A Ford Mustang that was being towed was struck by a pickup truck Wednesday. St. George, Utah, Aug. 24, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A Ford Mustang that was being towed was struck by a pickup truck Wednesday. St. George, Utah, Aug. 24, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

St. George Police Sgt. Choli Ence said the driver of a GMC pickup truck was on her cellphone while traveling west on 700 South just before 7 p.m.

The distraction caused her to miss a Dodge pickup towing a Ford Mustang across the intersection and she crashed into the side of the Mustang.

The driver of the Ford Mustang was taken by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George with neck and back pain.

The other occupant of the GMC pickup, a young girl, was checked out and released by paramedics, as was the driver.

Ence said two citations were issued.

The first was to the GMC pickup truck driver for distracted driving. The second was to the driver of the Dodge pickup that was towing the Mustang. His citation was issued for failure to yield.

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

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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3 Comments

  • Hrock August 25, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I’m curious as to why there would be a driver in the Mustang if it was being towed…

    • RealMcCoy August 25, 2016 at 11:28 am

      This was probably done with a tow chain or a tow strap. The towed vehicle is then steered by a driver.
      Not every tow requires a tow truck; if the towed vehicle is mechanically operable, a simple pull will work, provided you have competent drivers of course.

      • Hrock August 25, 2016 at 2:18 pm

        Excellent point, thank you 🙂

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