4 cars, 2 accidents; 1 traffic tie-up

ST. GEORGE — Traffic was slowed at St. George Boulevard and 1000 East Wednesday afternoon after crashes involving two separate accidents and four cars.

“Approximately 2:20 (p.m.) this afternoon I was dispatched to a crash here at 1000 East Boulevard,” St. George Police Officer Jamison Hale said, talking about the first accident. “I arrived on scene and noticed three vehicles stopped in the number one lane, or inside lane eastbound.”

St. George Police Officer Jamison Hale and the truck owner inspect a GMC pickup involved in a crash Wednesday, St. George, Utah, Nov. 16, 2016 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News
St. George Police Officer Jamison Hale and the truck owner inspect a GMC pickup involved in a crash Wednesday, St. George, Utah, Nov. 16, 2016 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News

A Toyota 4-Runner was eastbound on St. George Boulevard, Hale said, when the driver looked to his left for a moment and when he looked back, a GMC pickup had stopped because of heavy traffic.

The driver of the 4-Runner was unable to stop in time and ran into the back of the GMC. The third vehicle was a witness to the crash and was not involved in the first wreck.

Hale said no injuries were reported, both drivers were wearing their seat belts, and he added that the driver of the 4-Runner was cited for following too closely.

Second accident

The second accident occurred very shortly after the first.

“The witness to (the first) crash was behind the vehicle that rear-ended the (GMC) pickup. He said, a few minutes after that one, traffic was backed up behind him,” Hale said.

A vehicle behind the crash was trying to move out of the lane that the first accident had occurred in, when he sideswiped a vehicle in the outside lane. The vehicle that was sideswiped stopped, but Hale said the first vehicle kept going.

Another vehicle that witnessed the second crash was able to provide a license number to officers, who made contact and persuaded the driver to return to the scene. Hale said as of 3 p.m. citations are still pending in the second crash.

St. George Police and Fire departments responded to the wrecks.

Traffic started flowing freely about 3 p.m.

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

  • Bob November 16, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    “persuaded the driver to return to the scene”

    curious of what kind of ‘persuading’ it took, since leaving the scene actually is a crime. Maybe he had his recommend on him and they waived the charge of leaving the scene.

    • .... November 17, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Right Bob being Mormon puts you above the law in the state of Utah. get some new material

  • Common Sense November 17, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Come on people. Slow down and pay attention! You guys are driving up our insurance rates.

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