No pleasant morning commute here: Head-on collision on SR-18

DIAMOND VALLEY – While there could be worse ways to start off the week, two drivers involved in a crash on state Route 18 Monday morning may beg to differ.

Utah Higway Patrol and other emergency responders tend to a head-on collision between a semi and a pickup truck on state Route-18, Sept. 26, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Utah Highway Patrol and other emergency responders tend to a head-on collision between a semi and a pickup truck on state Route 18, Sept. 26, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

At approximately 7 a.m., a 46-year-old man was driving a semitractor hauling two empty trailers in the northbound lanes of SR-18 just above milepost 12 when he collided head-on with a Toyota pickup truck attempting to turn onto the highway, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Pastor said.

The crash occurred at the intersection of SR-18 and Diamond Valley Road.

As the driver of the semi was about to pass Diamond Valley Road, a 16-year-old girl driving the pickup attempted a left turn onto southbound SR-18 against oncoming traffic, Pastor said. This is said to have resulted in the collision.

The semi driver was wearing a seat belt and was unharmed, Pastor said, and the pickup truck driver received minor injuries. It was unconfirmed if the teen was also wearing a seat belt, he said.

Both the semi and pickup sustained significant damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Speed does not appear to have been a factor in the crash, Pastor said.

The Utah Highway Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Diamond Valley Fire 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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1 Comment

  • wilbur September 26, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    This intersection is good for 5 or 6 accidents a year.

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