2 crashes in 1 intersection clogs traffic, prompts warning

ST. GEORGE — A busy Sunset Boulevard intersection was the scene of two crashes that occurred within minutes of each other Friday, clogging traffic and bringing a warning from a St. George Police officer.

A maroon Jeep crashed into a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe in the intersection of N. Dixie Downs Road and W. Sunset Boulevard Friday afternoon, St. George, Utah, Dec. 9, 2016 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News
A maroon Jeep collides with a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe in the intersection of North Dixie Downs Road and West Sunset Boulevard Friday afternoon, St. George, Utah, Dec. 9, 2016 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News

Shortly after 1 p.m. the St. George Communications Center received a call reporting a two-vehicle crash in the intersection of North Dixie Downs Road and West Sunset Boulevard, St. George Police Officer Ken Childs said

Officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene and found a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe in the northbound lane of West Dixie Downs road facing west, and a maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee nearby.

The woman driving the Tahoe was heading north on North Dixie Downs Road and just as she entered the intersection of West Sunset Boulevard her vehicle was struck by a Jeep that made a left turn directly in front of her, the officer said.

The woman driving the Jeep told officers that she didn’t see the Tahoe until she crashed into the vehicle.

Airbags deployed in the Jeep and there was front end damage, while the Tahoe suffered minimal damage in the crash.

A citation for failing to yield was issued to the driver of the Jeep, Childs said.

As responders were tending to the initial crash a secondary collision occurred. The driver of a white Toyota minivan sideswiped a white Hyundai passenger car when the woman was unable to stop in time to avoid colliding with the vehicle in front of her, St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said.

The woman driving the Toyota told officers that she saw the line of cars stopped in front of her, but did not notice until she was too close to avoid hitting the Hyundai.

To avoid striking the vehicle in front of her at full force the woman swerved sharply to the left which caused her vehicle to sideswipe the Hyundai.

The crash caused very little damage, and the woman wasn’t even aware that she actually hit anyone, Harding said. No citations were issued in this incident.

We have to, have to, have to be aware of what’s ahead of us,” Harding said, “and scan 10 or 12 seconds ahead and watch the vehicle in front of you.”

The Tahoe and the Jeep were towed from the scene, while the Toyota and the Hyundai were driven from the intersection.

No injuries were reported.

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

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7 Comments

  • mmsandie December 9, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    This is such a bad intersection.. I live near here,and people are going too fast, Don,t use signals,cut people off … There should be left turn signals timed longer..

  • .... December 9, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    People need to be aware of what’s going on around them while driving. keep them cell phones tucked away and watch that road and stay alert. and be safe out there. and enjoy the wonderful festivities of the holiday season

  • aviatormh December 10, 2016 at 12:46 am

    The biggest problem we have in southern Utah is people driving in the passing lane and not going the speed limit. They are obstructing the flow of traffic and causing people to get road rage because they can’t get where the are going because of morons blocking the passing lane. If you want to drive slower than the speed limit that’s fine but get out of the passing lane you morons. Stop obstructing the flow of traffic. You are the cause of road rage. You are the reason people run red lights. You are the reason people drive the way they do. Stop Blocking the the road. It’s not hard. Stay right.

  • aviatormh December 10, 2016 at 12:53 am

    The problem with this web site is the back button isn’t back but start all over button. The back button should take you back where you started but it doesn’t it takes you back to the start of all the articles. It’s not a back button it’s a start all over button. It sucks!!!!

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic December 10, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Sounds like you are using the app, which is due for an update, aviatormh. Try going to the site directly – stgeorgeutah.com. Your aggravation is understandable and I’ve passed that on to our IT wizards.

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  • digger December 10, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Promps Warning?! wow What a Concept!

    • digger December 10, 2016 at 9:27 am

      When You drive in St George You’ve been warned! LOL
      oh, sorry its Prompts, just for you critics, Ha!!!

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