1 sent to hospital after driver runs red light

St. George Fire Department responds to a two-vehicle crash in the intersection of North Bluff Street and West 500 North Saturday, St. George, Utah, Apr. 15, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — One person was transported to the hospital after police say a driver ran a red light and struck another car at 35 mph in a busy intersection on North Bluff Street Saturday afternoon.

A gray Hyundai Sonata suffers severe damage when struck by a minivan in the intersection of North Bluff Street and West 500 North Saturday, St. George, Utah, Apr. 15, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Shortly before 5 p.m. officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to a two-vehicle collision reported at the intersection of North Bluff Street and West 500 North, St. George Police Officer Dave McDaniels said. The crash involved a gray Kia Sedona minivan and a gray Hyundai Sonata 4-door passenger car.

The woman driving the Hyundai was treated by EMS before she was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center to be treated for her injuries McDaniels said.

“She was already on the stretcher when I got here,” McDaniels said, “so we have no information on the nature or severity of any injuries at this time.”

The woman driving the Kia told officers she would be taken to the hospital by family members.

All northbound traffic from West 400 North past West 500 North was diverted away from Bluff Street to allow emergency personnel to tend to the injured and clear the vehicles and debris from the roadway.

Multiple officers respond to a two-car crash sent one driver to the hospital Saturday, St. George, Utah, Apr. 15, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Officers determined that the woman driving the Hyundai was heading west on West 500 North and entered the intersection in the left turn lane on a green light intent on heading south on Bluff Street.

Meanwhile, the woman driving the minivan was traveling north on Bluff Street and, after running a red light, struck the Hyundai just as it entered the intersection, McDaniels said.

The collision sent both vehicles spinning until the Hyundai came to rest on Bluff Street facing north in the southbound lane. The minivan stopped and was facing west in the eastbound lane of North 500 West.

The officer also said that according to witnesses at the scene the woman driving the minivan didn’t appear to reduce her speed before impact and struck the Hyundai while traveling at a speed of at least 35 mph.

Both vehicles suffered extensive frontal damage and were towed from the scene.

Traffic was diverted for more than 45 minutes after the crash, and the overall impact lasted nearly an hour.

The driver of the minivan was subsequently cited for running a red light.

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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11 Comments

  • knobe April 16, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Running red lights And T-boning someone sending them to the ER ?
    I would Not want to get that Next insurance bill !
    I would be stuck taking the bus for a long long time .

  • Not_So_Much April 16, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Maybe, just maybe it’s time for St George to look for ways to improve traffic safety. Wider and brighter lane marking, larger stop lights & signs, additional lights and stop signs. Additional motorcycle patrol officers are needed. Between seniors, college students and tourists with an ever increasing population NOW is the time to make this a priority and skip the next couple of ‘nice’ projects our city leaders are so fond of doing.

    Now I know this will reduce St George News material but would be well worth doing.

    • Dolly April 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      I’m with you! Can’t tell you how many times I’ve wished a cop would be there to see these nuts making dangerous moves! Sure enough, if I can see who is behind the wheel, it’s usually a senior or teen. Today it was an out-of state license plate, switching back and forth between lanes in the Brigham roundabout (yes, another place that could use better markings). Not sure if So Utah is a more dangerous place to drive than anywhere else, but maybe I’m getting paranoid from reading all about it on StGeorgeutah.com.

      • comments April 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm

        Last major cities I lived people were much better than here. Biggest difference is most of them had road manners and weren’t aggressive, so even if someone made an error it usually didn’t result in a wreck. This “… everybody else, pedal to the metal” attitude here, along with distracted iphone drivers are the biggest issues, teen idiocy and seniors as well.
        Ed. ellipsis.

    • comments April 16, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      finally a post from you that is sensible. congrats

  • comments April 16, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Sound like distracted driving. texting?

  • mmsandie April 16, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Why do people run red lights??are they in that much if a hurry??bluff st is so dangerous now,, speed limit should be 20 mph..wait til jan 2018 when they widen bluff st and work on sunset intersection.. Police and ambulances should stay park in the side girl quick response

  • Lastdays April 16, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Do they make traffic signal heads that are 24″ or 36″ in diameter ?
    Maybe that would help.

    • comments April 17, 2017 at 11:54 am

      how about 15 foot across and as bright as the sun?

  • utahdiablo April 17, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Stupid that this happens anywhere, your not that important, get off your cell phone, obey traffic lights, the world won’t end because your a few minutes late…..take away their driver license, and have them ride the bus or walk or bike, maybe a different attitude after a while doing that?

    • Rob83 April 17, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      I agree. Some people think they above the traffic laws and this is what it gets them.

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