Left turn to collision during morning commute

A passenger car and pickup truck towing a trailer collided at the intersection of Sunland Drive and Riverside Drive following a left-turn that did not account for oncoming traffic, St. George, Utah, Oct. 17, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The start of the week did not go well for two motorists who ended up in a collision Monday morning triggered by one of the most common type of crashes in the area.

“This is the No. 2 type of crash that causes most of the crashes in St. George,” St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said. “It’s failure to yield on a left turn.”

A passenger car and pickup truck towing a trailer collided at the intersection of Sunland Drive and Riverside Drive following a left-turn that did not account for oncoming traffic, St. George, Utah, Oct. 17, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A passenger car and pickup truck towing a trailer collided at the intersection of Sunland Drive and Riverside Drive following a left-turn that did not account for oncoming traffic, St. George, Utah, Oct. 17, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Sunland Drive and Riverside Drive, the driver of a large pickup truck pulling a trailer entered a left turn in the intersection and collided with an oncoming red passenger car, Harding said.

The driver of the pickup had seen the car and thought it was turning left when it changed from the outside to inside lane, giving the impression the driver would be making a left turn as well – in the opposite direction. So the pickup truck driver made the left turn in front of the car, Harding said, and the two collided.

The front of the passenger car crashed into the front-left side of the trailer and left a large dent there. The front of the passenger car was demolished.

No injuries resulted from the crash, though the passenger car had to be towed from the scene.

The pickup truck driver was cited for failing to yield to traffic on a left turn.

“I told the young (car) driver there are only two types of drivers,” Harding said, “those who have crashed and those who will. He just changed categories today.”

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Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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1 Comment

  • .... October 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    There’s that typical ( I can’t spare 3 seconds ) I gotta go now. I’m sure that 3 seconds will change your life. just glad no one was hurt, but I know who’s insurance rates are going up

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