Van hits house, smashing pumpkins

Van crashes into home, St. George, Utah, Oct. 28, 2013 | Photo by Michael Flynn, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A van was rear-ended by another vehicle and then crashed into the front of a house Monday evening.

The van smashed into the front-facing chimney of the house, sending debris flying into the residence and smashing through a line of pumpkins.

“What do you say when a fireplace is suddenly in your living room?” the homeowner said. “I work nearby,” she said, “and my neighbor called me and said someone just ran a car into your house.”

The white Chevrolet Astro van was traveling north on 2450 East just after 5 p.m. The van had slowed and was beginning to turn right onto a side-street when a red Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck struck the van from the rear, St. George Police Officer James Schafer said.

“The impact subsequently caused the white van to go off and into the residence, which impacted the stone fireplace,” Schafer said. “There was structural damage to the exterior of the house, and the interior as well.”

The driver of the van was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Hospital. Witnesses at the scene said that the driver appeared to be shook up, but not seriously injured.

Schafer said that he wasn’t sure of the extent of the van driver’s injuries. “She was talking, conscious and alert,” he said. “The injuries didn’t appear to be life threatening.”

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured, however he was cited at the scene for a traffic violation.

“Pay attention to the driver in front of you,” said Schafer, “and just try to keep a safe following distance at all times.”

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Ed. note: Address and homeowner name withheld given concern for the home’s potential vulnerability.

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Van crashes into home, St. George, Utah, Oct. 28, 2013 | Photo by Michael Flynn, St. George News
Van crashes into home, St. George, Utah, Oct. 28, 2013 | Photo by Michael Flynn, St. George News

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  • Dan Lester October 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Headline of the month, if not the year. Good work.

  • philiplo October 28, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Most of the pumpkins seem to have made it through unscathed.
    Interesting photo of the young girl flashing her underpants.

    • philiplo October 29, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Hey, you took away the picture! 😛

      • Joyce Kuzmanic October 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        Thanks to your keen eye, Phillipio 🙂

  • Sweet Jude October 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I wish all these show-off tail-gaters in town would get their fair share of hospital bills. Especially paying for damages and others’ pain they have caused. Instead, they only get a citation and a reminder to drive more carefully. In reality, not one of them is slowing down for anything. What a bummer deal that is.

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