Minivan flips on St. George Boulevard; uninjured driver crawls out broken window

A Chevrolet minivan is damaged after rolling over in a crash on St. George Boulevard in St. George, Utah, June 1, 2018 | Photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — After a car hit the back of a minivan causing it to flip over Friday night in St. George, police said the driver of the minivan is “lucky” to not have any injuries.

A Chevrolet minivan is flipped right-side up by a tow truck after rolling over in a crash on St. George Boulevard in St. George, Utah, June 1, 2018 | Photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

Before the crash, the Chevrolet minivan was driving east on St. George Boulevard and was crossing the intersection of 300 West at about 9:30 p.m., a few blocks away from the music blaring at the St. George Streetfest on Main Street. The driver in a Toyota Camry attempting to turn left onto St. George Boulevard failed to yield to the minivan, causing the Camry to hit the rear driver’s side of the minivan, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said.

The collision was all it took to flip the minivan completely over, Holmes said. The minivan came to a rest with its windshield on the sidewalk.

“No one was injured or pinned,” Holmes said. “The driver of the minivan that rolled crawled out of a broken driver’s side window. … It’s very lucky on a rollover to not have any injuries.”

The driver of the Camry was cited for failure to yield because he was the cause of the crash, Holmes said.

Traffic was blocked on eastbound St. George Boulevard and northbound 300 West for about 30 minutes until a tow truck could flip the minivan back over and remove it from the roadway.

The St. George Fire Department also responded to the scene. Because no one was injured, ambulances that were automatically dispatched were canceled before they arrived at the scene, Holmes said.

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

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3 Comments

  • Kilroywashere June 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Tragic accident. I just have two questions. Assuming that the driver of the vehicle causing tbe accident was on a cell phone distracted at the time, is it not true they obviously would likely not volunteer that information after the fact, and could easily hide their illegal behavior? My second question, does the law enforcement responding to the scene verify, other then verbally, that the person was not on their cell phone at the time of the accident? My guess is they do not check a person’s cell phone to see if they were on it. Perhaps when an accident is fatal, they may do so, but my guess is they do not normally verify. I am also not sure of whether they would have the right to do so under the 4th Ammendment, and also add there are in encryption/password barriers preventing access. Depending on the answer to these questions, accidents caused by distracted driving on cellphones goes unreported most of tbe time, and the statistics are way under represented. YOU THINK.

    • comments June 2, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      tragic?… I think not. not inherently tragic as no one killed or even injured. What’s tragic is that people drive like such idiots/are such idiots in this town as to actually flip people’s cars onto their roofs. It seems like it’d take massive skill to do such a thing, but because of mental deficiency they are able to do it by “accident”. It’s just amazing.

  • Mike P June 3, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Just another variant of the “Utah Left”.

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