ST. GEORGE – Traffic was disrupted on St. George Boulevard at the new diverging diamond interchange in St. George after an accident occurred in the westbound lane at around 6:20 p.m. on Thursday.
A woman driving a black Mazda ran into the rear of a large white GMC pickup truck after the the truck stopped for the light at the interchange, St. George Police Officer Chad Lee said.
While the accident appeared to cause only superficial damages to the rear bumper of the pickup, the Mazda sustained significant damages from the impact. The front bumper of the Mazda apparently passed beneath the rear of the truck, focusing the energy of the impact into the hood, resulting in damage to the engine of the car.
After interviewing witnesses, Lee said, it did not appear that speed or distracted driving caused the accident.
“Something occurred to where she just didn’t realize the distance and the speed between the vehicles,” Lee said.
Gold Cross Ambulance Service responded to the accident scene as a precaution, however none of the parties appeared to be injured. The St. George Fire Department assisted in clearing the fluids which had leaked onto the roadway.
The driver of the Mazda was cited for following too closely. Her car was was towed from the scene.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the police and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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Ed. correction: The accident occurred westbound, not eastbound as first published.
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