ST. GEORGE – A triple-vehicle accident temporarily blocked traffic on River Road in St. George after a driver ran a red light Thursday.
Officer Chad Pectol was at the scene and said St. George Police responded to the accident at the intersection of River Road and 700 South at 11:50 a.m. after a white jeep traveling north on River Road ran a red light and hit a gold SUV traveling south and making a left turn. A third vehicle was involved in the accident but was “only nicked” compared to damage done to the other two vehicles, Pectol said.
The accident brought traffic to a crawl at the intersection and additional police units were called in to help direct traffic while the scene was cleared.
No injuries were reported in connection with the accident and the driver of the white jeep was cited with a red light violation, Pectol said.
Nancy McCormick, of Hurricane, was passing by on River Road when she recognized one of the individuals involved in the incident and pulled over to check on her. While she regretted seeing her friend’s new vehicle – the white jeep – totaled, she said she was grateful there were no injuries.
“Thank God no one was hurt,” she said.
The accident was cleared by 12:14 p.m. and traffic gradually returned to normal.
Officer Derek Lewis, public information officer for the St. George Police Department, said six accidents have been reported at the 700 South and River Road intersection in the last 12 months, and the intersection is not counted as one of the area’s more dangerous areas.
“Anywhere you have a lot of traffic flow you’ll have accidents,” he said. “It just happens.”
Lewis said the more dangerous intersections in St. George are: St. George Boulevard-1000 East and South Main Street-Black Ridge Drive.
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