Car jumps curb, hits post, runs red light, finally stopped by hillside

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ST. GEORGE – Emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle accident on Dixie Drive Thursday morning.

Around 10 a.m., a red Pontiac Vibe was heading northbound around 580 West Dixie Drive when something caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said. The Vibe veered across the southbound lanes, got onto the curb, hit a sign post, proceeded through the 600 West Dixie Drive intersection on a red light, left the roadway and finally came to a stop once it hit the embankment.

The driver of the Vibe was uninjured and no other cars were involved in the incident. The driver was unable to tell officers at the scene exactly what happened, Despain said. The driver couldn’t recall the details. Potential distractions or impairments were not mentioned as possible factors in the crash.  Whether or not a medical issue may have played a part is also unknown.

The Vibe was rendered inoperable and had to be towed away.

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

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4 Comments

  • brad white February 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    probably talking or texting

    • JOSH DALTON February 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      He was texting…I was at the light when he applied his brakes and lost control. He slid right past me took out a sign. If he was paying attention he would have noticed 1.The traffic backed up 2. The fact that at this intersection there are a total of 3 lights that will warn somebody of a red light. I think car companies should work with cell companies and come up with a way to not allow you to use a phone while the vehicle is in motion. So what if it is an emergancy and you need a cell. You can’t do anything about the emrgancy sitting behind the wheel of your car anyway. I still don’t carry a cell anymore…why I did not need a cell for the first 24yrs of my life. I used one for 10yrs and woke up one day and realized I was becoming a prisoner to the wireless industry. Now for the past year and a half I have lived w/o a bleeding cell phone. GO FALCONS!

  • Steve February 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Come on, guys, haven’t you figured out addresses around here yet? When you report on something, the location is important.

    There is no 600 West Street anywhere near Dixie Drive or its extension, Dixie Downs Road. 600 West is all the way on the other side of the Black Hill. As those roads travel north and south, they could not cross 600 West. As far as I know, there isn’t even any intersection of Dixie Drive and 600 South. Are you talking about Dixie Drive & 600 North, perhaps? Nope, that one doesn’t exist, either. And the address you gave, 580 W. Dixie Drive, also does not exist in St. George.

    You need to get out a map and mark these places as real locations, before you publish inaccurate information.

    • Mori Kessler Mori Kessler February 6, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      This portion of 600 West connects South Dixie Drive to Tonaquint Drive. Though Google appears to refer to it as “West 600 West.” You are correct in saying there is no 580 West Dixie Drive. That address was given as more of a general reference point as to where the police believe the driver lost control of his vehicle before it went through the intersection and eventually impacted the hillside.

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