Two crashes on 1000 East less than 30 minutes apart

ST. GEORGE — Two accidents occurred within thirty minutes of each other on the same block of 1000 East on Tuesday night.

The first accident happened at the corner of 1000 East and Red Hills Parkway when a gold Saturn passenger car struck a silver Volkswagen Passat after making an illegal left-hand turn.

The Saturn was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Red Hills Parkway from the parking lot on the south-east corner of the intersection. The Volkswagen was driving east on Red Hills Parkway when the Saturn pulled out into traffic.

“She looked, she said it was clear,” said St. George Police Officer Jamison Hale. “She tried to pull out and she hit (the Volkswagen) car  on the passenger side front tire and busted the axel,” he said.

No injuries were reported, however the front passenger-side wheel of the Volkswagen had been bent inwards by the impact and the vehicle had to be towed. The driver of the Saturn was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic.

Just minutes later, a second accident happened one block away at the corner of 1000 East and St. George Boulevard. A woman driving a white Buick Century, traveling south on 1000 East made a right-turn at a red light on to St. George Boulevard and ran into the back of a tow truck that was just about to turn into the Conoco gas-station at the north-west corner of the intersection.

“She didn’t realize he was slowing to turn (into the gas station),” said SGPD Officer Tyrell Bangerter. “As he’s slowing to make his turn in, the driver’s side right fender caught the tail end of his tow truck.”

Both vehicles in the accident were still in drivable condition and no injuries were reported. Officer Bangerter said that the driver of the Buick was cited for causing a negligent collision.

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7 Comments

  • Connie Johansen December 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    That’s the problem in St George people don’t care that just want the money for the accidents they slow down with no breaks or stop and it the person the bumps them that pays . St George residents are bad watch them , some people stop just so you can hit them believe me I Learned the hard way its called GREED.

    • anna thomas December 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

      That is the exact reason that you are supposed to leave enough room between you and the car in front of you, so you can stop in time. If you are following too closely, the accident is always your fault regardless of if the driver in front of you stops short or not. Good reason not to tailgate or be in a hurry.

    • bob December 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

      Sounds like someone needs to stop tailgating

  • bob December 4, 2013 at 3:58 am

    i hope 1000 e doesn’t become a death trap like bluff st

  • Yolie December 4, 2013 at 9:16 am

    When I lived in California, I thought they were the worst drivers until I moved to St. George, UT – well I was wrong, the drivers in St. George are the worst drivers ever. They don’t care how they drive, I once wrote to the paper and made the statement – if the driver wants to kill himself, please let me know so that I don’t go out driving that day. They have no concern about other drivers, they don’t follow the laws of driving because they think they are above the law.

    • Zeke December 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Now remember, at any time during the day, only 50-60% of the drivers are actually from St. George. The others are from surrounding areas or visitors/tourists and don’t care what others think of their driving skills. On Friday afternoon thru Sunday, there may be even more out of towners on the roads than residents. So yes I agree there are some ignorant drivers out there every day. I’m just not sure that the worst ones are actual residents of STG.

  • stacie December 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I was the driver of the Passat with my son, who will be 2 years old tomorrow, when I got hit. Where the accident occurred, I believe the outlet the Saturn came from should be posted as a required left hand turn. It is very hard to see up the hill and around the turn by the stop light, and it is hard to see around the turn from the east. It was a bad place to try and turn into traffic. These things happen. I am just glad that nobody was injured, especially my son.

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