3 vehicles pile up in 4th crash involving Desert Hills High students in 2 days

ST. GEORGE — Three high school-aged drivers were involved in a three-vehicle pileup on Brigham Road shortly after school was let out near Desert Hills High School Thursday afternoon.

Emergency personnel respond to a crash near Desert Hills High School, St. George, Utah, Aug. 17, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

St. George Police were dispatched to the crash at approximately 3 p.m. on the inside westbound lane of East Brigham Road where it intersects with Bloomington Hills Drive involving a white Ford F-150, a Chevrolet Prism and an Acura TSX.

The driver of the Ford stopped for traffic at the intersection, and the Chevrolet driver was slowing to stop behind the pickup truck, at which point the Acura driver rear-ended the Chevrolet, pushing it into the Ford, St. George Police Officer Ken Childs said.

“The third car (the Acura) was seen distracted in her vehicle,” Childs said. “She said she was reaching to get something out of her bag.”

Medical personnel from Gold Cross ambulance examined the teen drivers. Only minor injuries were reported, and no one was transported to the hospital.

The driver of the Acura received a citation for careless driving.

“Five crashes all involving Desert Hills High School students in the same area,” Childs said, noting that four of them were within the past two days.

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“Kids are back in school,” Childs said, “just pay attention.”

Emergency personnel respond to a crash near Desert Hills High School, St. George, Utah, Aug. 17, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

While the Ford was able to be driven from the scene following the collision, the Acura and Chevrolet sustained heavy damage and were towed away in inoperable condition.

Westbound traffic in the area was slowed and intermittently blocked as the scene of the crash was cleared by the wreckers and a crew from St. George Fire Department.

Desert Hills High School resource officers also responded to the incident.

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

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7 Comments

  • Dolly August 17, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Glad no one was seriously hurt. I avoid Brigham Rd during the times school kids are coming and going – their behavior behind the wheel is so erratic. She was looking for something (phone?) in her purse. Keep having more of these crashes, and they’ll all be on foot soon. 🙂

  • utahdiablo August 17, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Desert Hills must have a Awesome Drivers Education class…holy crap

  • old school August 17, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Maybe the school already does this, but if they could stagger release times it could cut down on some of the conjestion. The city obviously doesn’t have the pluck to limit commercial traffic on Brigham Rd or establish a school zone so it will remain a shooting gallery till some one gets killed and probably then some. I’d also suggest more of a police presence (they could earn a slot just writing tickets on Brigham Rd), but they don’t do much when they are out there, so the truckers just do what they want anyway (speeding, uncovered loads, no tags, unsafe vehicles, etc)

  • comments August 18, 2017 at 12:21 am

    frickin’ tweenage girl with a cellphone, surprise surprise. Will mommy and daddy buy her a new car or will she be taking the bus? Guess she didn’t get that advisory.

  • mctrialsguy August 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Millennials on a cell phone(?)…no, how could that be……..that never happens…..

    • comments August 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      *Generation Z or Post-Millennials

    • tastysprinkles August 18, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      I see this mistake a lot. A millennial is someone who was born in the 80’s and was coming into adulthood around the year 2000. So people who are now in their early to mid-30’s are millennials. People born in the year 2000 or just before or just after 2000 are considered post-millennial.

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