River Road crash occurs when Chicago tourists fail to yield

ST. GEORGE — The Labor Day weekend got a little less happy for a group of tourists from Chicago as they were involved in a two car wreck Monday afternoon.

Two cars in the middle of the River Road and Riverside Drive intersection after a collision Monday. St. George, Utah, Sept. 6, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
Two cars in the middle of the River Road and Riverside Drive intersection after a collision Monday. St. George, Utah, Sept. 6, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Just after 4:30 p.m. first responders were called to the intersection of Riverside Drive and River Road in St. George. There they found a 2010 Volkswagen and a 2016 Ford Flex had tangled in the middle of the intersection and neither could be moved.

The 60-year-old driver of the Ford Flex had two passengers, St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said. They were tourists from Chicago, having driven up from Las Vegas for the day. The 21-year-old driver of the Volkswagen from Linden was alone in the car.

Trombley said the driver of the Ford Flex was southbound on River Road, waiting to make a left turn to Riverside Drive. He failed to see the Volkswagen coming north and turned in front of it, causing the collision.

“The Flex driver stated he decided to turn left and into the path of the Jetta,” Trombley said. “The Jetta hit the Flex and (the driver of the Ford Flex) admitted he should not have turned but did not see the Jetta.”

Trombley said the driver of the Flex was cited for failure to yield on a left hand turn.

Trombley said all occupants were wearing seat belts and no injuries were reported. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

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

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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6 Comments

  • .... September 6, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Well innocent accidents happen and that’s what this was. I’m sorry the tourist had a bad experience in our community but the most important thing is nobody was hurt. we can always rebuild or replace a vehicle.

    hopefully the tourist will come back and enjoy the hospitality of our community and the driver of the Jetta is home with family. .Praise the Lord

    • Bob September 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      LOL Dump, with your sunny and pleasant nature and constant stream of helpful posts u should be appointed as the tourism ambassador for the county, or even the whole state. LOL

      • Real Life September 7, 2016 at 8:13 am

        Tourism ambassador. LOL!

        • .... September 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

          Awwww.. you poor thing are you feeling left out ? Well my prayers are with you. God Bless You

          • redrock4 September 8, 2016 at 8:46 am

            Pathetic trolls both of you. Find something worthwhile to do besides trolling.

  • .... September 7, 2016 at 7:30 am

    That is my job Dumbob so what’s your point !

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