Attempted U-turn on blind corner causes collision

A 2008 silver Acura MDX is badly damaged after a two-car crash on 600 North, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 9, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

HURRICANE — An attempted U-turn over solid double yellow lines on a blind corner resulted in a collision Friday afternoon, resulting in minor injuries and a severely damaged vehicle.

A Hurricane Police unit responds to the scene of a two-car crash on 600 North, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 9, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News
A Hurricane Police unit responds to the scene of a two-car crash on 600 North, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 9, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

At approximately 2:57 p.m., Hurricane Police responded to the scene of a two-car collision on 600 North near 3260 West.

A 67-year-old man driving a 2000 red Ford F-150 pickup truck eastbound on 600 North pulled off onto the wide shoulder in order to make a U-turn.

After letting one car pass, he didn’t notice another car and made the turn directly into the passenger side of a 2008 silver Acura MDX driven by a 70-year-old woman, Hurricane Police Officer Jeff Adams said.

Upon the collision, the Acura spun 180 degrees and came to rest on the shoulder of the opposite lane of traffic.

The woman sustained minor injuries, complaining of neck pain, Adams said. She was assessed by paramedics from Hurricane Fire and Rescue and signed a release, opting not to be transported to the hospital. The driver of the Ford did not report any injuries. They were both wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. There were no other occupants in the vehicles.

A citation for the violation of an improper U-turn was issued to the driver of the Ford. The situation was exacerbated by the man’s attempt to make the turn on an uphill blind curve with double yellow lines between the lanes of east and west traffic.

A 2000 red Ford F-150 is minorly damaged after a two-car crash on 600 North, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 9, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News
A 2000 red Ford F-150 received minor damage after a two-car crash on 600 North, Hurricane, Utah, Dec. 9, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Crossing solid double yellow lines is an illegal maneuver, and the driver of the Ford was also issued a written warning for attempting to cross over the solid double yellow lines.

The Acura was severely damaged on its passenger side where the Ford struck it, causing the passenger side airbag to deploy.

One of the car’s tires was flattened in the spin, and the vehicle was deemed inoperable and towed from the scene. The Ford sustained some damage to its front driver’s side but was able to be driven away.

East and westbound traffic was slowed during the approximately 45 minutes it took for emergency personnel to clear the scene.

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

Ed. note Dec. 12, 2016: CLARIFICATION made: This report on first publish paraphrased Officer Adams as saying that crossing double yellow lines is highly risky; rather, Adams said crossing double yellow lines is illegal. Report revised accordingly.

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1 Comment

  • .... December 10, 2016 at 8:09 am

    People need to be careful out there. and need to be aware of their surroundings while attempting to do a U Turn. people that make Up Turns need to really be aware of where they should or shouldn’t make a U Turn

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