2 accidents in 20 minutes caused by failure to yield

ST. GEORGE – Two vehicle accidents occurred in St. George Tuesday afternoon within about 20 minutes of each other – both the result of drivers failing to yield to oncoming traffic.

Accident at the intersection of 400 West and 300 North in St. George, Utah, Nov. 11, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
Accident at the intersection of 400 West and 300 North in St. George, Utah, Nov. 11, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

The first accident occurred just before 3 p.m. at the intersection of 400 North and 300 West in St. George.

A white Ford F-150, driven by a man in his 30s, was traveling east on 400 North, St. George Police Lt. Joe Hartman said. Moving forward from a stop sign into the cross street of 300 West, the driver of the F-150 hit a tan BMW, driven by a man in his 50s, that was traveling north on 300 West.

The driver of the F-150 told officers he had stopped at the stop sign before moving forward into traffic, Hartman said. The officers had no evidence that the driver had run a stop sign, so the driver only received a citation for failure to yield to oncoming traffic.

A third vehicle, an older model truck that was parked and unoccupied, was also involved in the collision but sustained no discernable damage, Hartman said.

“After the F-150 hit the BMW, it careened off there and hit into an older farm truck,” he said.

Both the F-150 and the BMW had to be towed from the scene.

The driver of the F-150 did not complain of any injuries, Hartman said. The driver of the BMW was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center primarily as a precaution.

“The driver of the BMW was transported as a precaution, complaining of neck injuries,” he said.

The St. George Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene. It took just over an hour for the accident to be cleared up, Hartman said.

Accident at Sunland Drive and 400 East in St. George, Utah, Nov. 11, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
Accident at Sunland Drive and 400 East in St. George, Utah, Nov. 11, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

The St. George Communications Center received a report of the second accident at 3:21 p.m.

A woman in her late 70s driving an orange Kia Sportage was traveling east on Sunland Drive in St. George, Hartman said. Moving forward through a stop sign, the woman entered 400 East and collided with a northbound Kia Spectra driven by a woman in her 20s.

“We can’t show that (the driver of the Sportage) didn’t stop for the sign, but she failed to yield to oncoming traffic on 400 East,” Hartman said.

The driver of the Spectra sustained no injuries, Hartman said. The driver of the Sportage complained of an injury but refused ambulance transportation and went to the hospital on her own.

“She complained of injury to her arm; however, she refused transport,” Hartman said.

The driver of the Sportage received a citation for failure to yield.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

St. George Police and St. George Fire departments responded to the scene, along with Gold Cross Ambulance. It took just under 40 minutes for responders to clear the scene, Hartman said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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6 Comments

  • Koolaid November 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

    A lot of numbers in that story. F150, 3PM, 400 East, 30’s, 70’s, 20’s, 3:21, hut one hut two , hike!

  • My Evil Twin November 12, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Shame on you Cami, you confused KOOLAID. Now what you should have said, so that he could understand it: Trucked stop. Truck started, ran into car. OH CRASH BOOM! that should make it simple enough for him to understand first crash.
    Second crash. Kia VS Kia. Old woman VS young woman. OH BOOM CRASH!
    At least no real vehicles were damaged in the second crash. . . 😉

    • Zonkerb November 12, 2014 at 10:56 pm

      ahhhhh you po widdle ting did someone take a poopoo in your sandbox… Your comment was totally stupid. KOOL’s comment was funny and not stupid and ignorant like yours. But then you do walk on water…… LMAO

      • My Evil Twin November 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm

        Sorry, didn’t mean to insult your lover.

  • A CONCERNED PERSON November 13, 2014 at 3:18 am

    The driver of the F-150 did not stop he was going at least 40-50 mph and ran the stop sign. I was a first responder on the scene and the person in the BMW is very lucky to be alive with the way the impact was. There was no way for the truck to just slowly come through the intersection and do the damage it did to the BMW. He ran the stop sign going roughly 40-50 mph and the BMW driver had no chance to respond. And the way the F-150 slammed into a parked vehicle roughly 20+ feet away from the impact site shows along with the skid marks the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed. So if he would have stopped at the stop sign the F-150 would have been only going 10 mph or so crossing the intersection.

    • My Evil Twin November 13, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      But, but, but he SAID he stopped! And you know people in Utah NEVER lie! 😉

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