Failure to yield severely damages 2 vehicles

A car and a pickup truck collided Monday at the corner of 1000 East and Red Hills Parkway. St. George, Utah, June 26, 2017 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Traffic was slowed for about an hour Monday afternoon after a car turning left failed to yield to an oncoming pickup truck.

A car and a pickup truck collided Monday at the corner of 1000 East and Red Hills Parkway. St. George, Utah, June 26, 2017 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

St. George Police officer Jamison Hale said just before 1:30 p.m. a Chevy Cavalier and a Chevy pickup truck became tangled in the intersection of Red Hills Parkway and 1000 East after the eastbound Chevy Cavalier turned left in front of the westbound pickup.

“(The vehicles) were connected with each other, and could not move,” Hale said, adding the two vehicles made contact right in the middle of the intersection.

One minor injury was reported, Hale said.

“The lady driving the Chevy Cavalier had cuts to her right hand from glass that broke from the driver’s side window on impact.”

The driver was treated at the scene by Gold Cross Ambulance personnel but was not transported. The driver of the pickup was not injured in the mishap.

Hale said a citation was issued to the driver of the Chevy Cavalier for failure to yield on a left turn. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Units from St. George Police and Fire departments and Gold Cross Ambulance responded 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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5 Comments

  • utahdiablo June 26, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    That is a bad spot nowadays as it is, way too much traffic….but keep building houses as quick as you can , we need gridlock…

    • NotSoFast June 26, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      Speaking of utahdiablo’ s gridlock comment, SEE ! we need the northern corridor. Just like a famous line in the movie ‘ Build it And They Will Come”

    • Mike P. June 27, 2017 at 7:44 am

      I think when you make a left turn in front of a moving vehicle it really has nothing to do with building houses. Maybe………just maybe, people should learn to drive? Maybe pay attention? Ya know, just wonderin’.

  • Travis June 27, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I drove around NYC/Manhattan for over 40 years and I never saw so many accidents as I do here in Washington County. There are less than 200,000 residents of this county versus over 8 million in NYC. How does this happen so often? I think it may be time for red and green arrows instead of yellow turning arrows at ALL intersections here in St. George.

  • Caveat_Emptor June 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    We could blame traffic engineers for not “goof proofing” these high traffic volume intersections, but let’s acknowledge that a majority of these accidents could have been avoided if folks were paying 100% attention when driving, and properly following the right of way principles.
    Whether driving a car, a motorcycle, or riding a bicycle around town, it strikes me that my fellow motorists feel they can successfully navigate St. George with less than half of their attention, and are invariably in a hurry to get somewhere.
    The driver who failed to yield will get a citation, and her car insurance rate will likely increase as a result of this moving violation.

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