Driver spared a ticket by UHP due to holiday

WASHINGTON CITY – Heavy holiday traffic and the Green Springs/Exit 10 interchange on Interstate 15 don’t always mix well. Such was the case of a rear-end accident that occurred Friday afternoon.

An SUV was read-ended by a jeep on the nouthbound I-15 Exit 10 off-ramp when the jeep's driver failed to noticing in time that traffic had came to a stop, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Larry Moyer said, Washington City, Utah, Nov. 25, 2016 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News
An SUV was read-ended by a jeep on the northbound I-15 Exit 10 off-ramp when the jeep’s driver failed to notice in time that traffic had came to a stop, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Larry Mower said, Washington City, Utah, Nov. 25, 2016 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News

Around 12:45 p.m. traffic was backing up on the northbound highway off-ramp heading toward one of the least-loved intersections in Washington City. While heading down the ramp, traffic came to a quick stop, causing the driver of an SUV to begin to hit the brakes, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Larry Mower said.

The SUV nearly came to a complete stop when it was hit from behind by a jeep, Mower said. The jeep’s driver hadn’t noticed traffic had stopped as quickly as it had and he didn’t slow down in time.

The resulting rear-end collision munched the back of the SUV and cracked its bumper, while the front of the jeep, which had a heavy after-market bumper and winch, appeared unscathed.

Heavy holiday traffic got a little worse thanks to a rear-end collision between two cars on the northbound I-15 Exit 10 off-ramp, Washington City, Utah, Nov. 25, 2016 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News
Heavy holiday traffic got a little worse thanks to a rear-end collision between two cars on the northbound I-15 Exit 10 off-ramp, Washington City, Utah, Nov. 25, 2016 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News

No injuries resulted from the collision, and due to it being a holiday, Mower went easy on the jeep’s driver and let him go without a ticket.

“No, I didn’t cite him because of the holiday,” Mower said, “but I told him the report would reflect that he was at fault.”

Issues with the congestion caused at the Green Springs/Exit 10 Interchange and its resulting nightmare intersection – which does little to engender thoughts of peace and goodwill in the hearts of motorists who experience it – are hoped to be alleviated to a degree in the near-future with the pending completion of the highway underpass by the Red Cliffs Mall.

The possibility of another highway exit at mile 11 is also being explored by the Utah Department of Transportation and Washington City road planners.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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3 Comments

  • mmsandie November 25, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    This is nice of the trooper, but people should realize extra people on road andplay more attention.. Why didn,t the engineers plan for traffic backup and control during holidays.. They control this in vegas and Seattle etc. Withannmarie stoplight and allow one car to enter… I avoid the situation, shop at home

  • Christmas Bob November 25, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    1-black friday is not a holiday

    2-doesn’t this set a bad precedent?

    I can see letting a couple speeders off with some warnings for “the holiday”, but that jeep rammed into the back of that thing pretty hard. Maybe the patrolman knew him from the ward?

  • .... November 25, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Need to be vigilant out there driving this time of year.keep them cell phones tucked away and watch the traffic. this is the hurry up and get there first shopping weekend. enjoy your shopping folks. .be safe out there

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