WASHINGTON CITY — While en route to the location of another vehicle collision near Albertson’s in Washington, a Washington City Police car collided with a silver Dodge Strata at the Green Springs Drive and Telegraph Street/Red Cliffs Drive intersection on Thursday.
At approximately 5:20 p.m., a Washington City Police officer was driving westbound on Telegraph Street after being called to a vehicle collision just past Albertson’s in Washington, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper John Bates said. After turning on his flashing red and blue lights and sounding the sirens, he proceeded through a red light at the intersection of Green Springs Drive and Telegraph Street. At the same time a silver Dodge Strata was headed southbound on Green Springs Dr. and did not stop, possibly due to the other cars that were obstructing the view, Bates said.
“Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and both were uninjured,” Bates said. “Both vehicles were towed.”
The accident resulted in congested traffic and affected all lanes of travel. At around 6 p.m. the intersection was cleared and all lanes of travel were able to move freely again. In the case that this incident involved a Washington City officer, Utah Highway Patrol was called to investigate.
The case is still under investigation as of Friday Morning and will be passed to the Washington City attorney’s office once the investigation is finalized, Bates said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
UPDATE April 26, 2014: In an email from Terry Gorgon to St. George News, he said that his wife witnessed the accident and was retained to make a witness statement.
“She claims that the officer did everything in his power, in the right manner, to proceed in an emergency situation through the intersection,” Gorgon wrote. “He had lights and siren on and came to a complete stop, looked in both directions several times, and only then started to proceed across the intersection. As can be seen from the photos, the Dodge Stratus t-boned the patrol car – not the other way around.”
Comments to this report from others who state they witnessed the accident differ. Results of the investigation are not yet available as this update is added.
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