Driver turns left into path of pickup truck on Red Hills Parkway

Officers tend to scene of two-vehicle crash at the intersection of East Red Hills Parkway and Red Cliffs Drive, St. George, Utah, Dec. 13, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A two-vehicle crash tied up traffic and brought multiple officers to the scene when a driver turned in front of a truck Wednesday afternoon.

A few minutes after 4 p.m., officers responded to a crash at the intersection where East Red Hills Parkway connects to Red Cliffs Drive involving a gray Chevrolet Venture minivan and a charcoal gray Dodge pickup truck, St. George Police Officer Ken Childs said.

Eastbound traffic backs up on East Red Hills Parkway after two-vehicle crash in the intersection with Red Cliffs Drive, St. George, Utah, Dec. 13, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Officers found the minivan in the middle of the intersection while the Dodge was stopped near the underpass. Neither driver was injured in the crash.

Officers diverted traffic away from the crash and opened up an eastbound lane on East Red Hills Parkway to relieve the congestion that began building immediately after the crash.

During the investigation officers learned that the woman driving the minivan was heading west on East Red Hills Parkway and entered the left-hand turn lane toward Red Cliffs Mall, while the Dodge was heading east on the same street.

The minivan pulled out in front of the Dodge, to make the left-hand turn, and was struck with an impact that spun the minivan around in the intersection, causing extensive front-end damage, while the truck continued on until it came to rest near the median, with damage confined to the front driver’s side bumper.

“She said had a yellow arrow and thought the intersection was clear, but turned in front of the oncoming truck,” Childs said.

The minivan was rendered inoperable and was later towed from the scene, while the Dodge was driven from the intersection a short time later.

The woman driving the minivan was cited for failing to yield on a left-hand turn, Childs said.

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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3 Comments

  • tcrider December 13, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I wonder if anyone knows that there is not a green turn signal for turning left at this signal location?
    This is just another example of the traffic planning for Saint George, i
    This is a very unsafe intersection, and only a matter of time before someone gets killed before this is
    corrected. Why in the hell didn’t they program a green turn signal at this location?

  • stevepaint December 14, 2017 at 8:21 am

    A big problem is that the cars that go through a green arrow, continue to go through even though it turns red. There is no enforcement here in St. George over this or speeding violations. If you drive the speed limits you are in danger of getting run over.

  • Lastdays December 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    There are no ” Dangerous ” intersections in this town, just a bunch of hillbilly’s with no respect for each other.
    Y’all just quit running into each other !!

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