T-bone crash sends 1 to hospital

Emergency responders tend to the scene of a T-bone crash in the intersection of Blackridge Drive and Hilton Drive/250 West, Friday, St. George, Utah, March 24, 2017 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A woman was injured and transported to the hospital after her car, with two children in the back seat, was struck by a driver running a red light in St. George Friday.

Just before noon, emergency personnel were dispatched to a crash involving a beige Toyota Camry and a gray Dodge pickup truck in the 4-way intersection of Blackridge Drive and Hilton Drive/250 West, St. George Police Officer Ken Childs said.

Upon arrival officers found an injured driver in the Toyota, along with a 1 year old and a 3 year old who were properly restrained in car seats and uninjured, the officer said.

The woman driving the Toyota told EMS that she was experiencing pain in her back and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation. The man driving the Dodge reported no injuries at the scene.

After speaking with the drivers and witnesses, officers determined that the man was traveling southwest on Blackridge Drive when he ran a red light at the intersection with Hilton Drive/250 West.

Meanwhile, the Toyota was heading southeast on 250 West, which turns into Hilton Drive past the intersection, and was struck on the driver’s side of the car by the oncoming Dodge. The impact sent both vehicles spinning in the middle of the roadway.

The Toyota sustained extensive damage to the driver’s side and was towed from the scene, while the Dodge remained operational after the crash and was driven from the intersection.

The woman’s husband arrived at the scene to care for the children so she could be transported to the hospital, Childs said.

“Everyone was wearing seat belts at the time of the crash,” Childs said, “and the children were properly secured in car seats.”

The man driving the Dodge received a citation for running a red light, the officer said.

In Utah, 18 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver running a red light in 2016. Nationally, more than 900 people a year die and nearly 2,000 are injured as a result of vehicles running red lights. Approximately half of those deaths involve pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles who are hit by red light runners, according to data released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Board.

The St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded and tended to the scene.

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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1 Comment

  • utahdiablo March 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    You hit me or mine? you better have deep pockets…as I’ll sue you, your family and your unborn children…..everyday’s a holiday here in good ol’ southern Utah……stop sign?, we don’t need no stickin’ stop signs man

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