Following too close results in 2 back-to-back collisions

St. George Police officers attend to an accident that occurred at 1200 E. St. George Blvd, St. George, Utah, Nov. 24, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — St. George Police responded to two separate collisions Monday in the same location within 30 minutes of each other – both, the result of drivers following too close to the vehicle in front of them.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., a Chevrolet Blazer, a Hyundai van and a PT Cruiser were traveling eastbound near 1200 E. St. George Blvd. When traffic slowed before the diverging diamond interchange, the PT Cruiser hit into the van, which caused the van to hit into the Blazer, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.

One of the two occupants in the PT Cruiser were transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George with minor injuries, Despain said.

The Blazer and van, both with single-occupants, received minor damages to the back of the vehicles while the PT Cruiser sustained damage to the left front end, Despain said.

The driver of the PT Cruiser was cited for following too close, Despain said.

About 20-30 minutes prior to the three-vehicle collision, a two-vehicle collision, involving a Ford Edge and Range Rover, occurred at the same location.

Despain said the collision was very minor, but cautioned on the importance of keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you while driving.

“They really need to increase their following distance,” he said. “That’s where accidents happen when you follow too close in heavy traffic.”

St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to both scenes.

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  • Robb Willie November 25, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Tail gating? In Utah? Why, I’m shocked! Shocked, I say!

  • Killjoy November 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Dear Officers,
    I have been told by someone who has been driving StG. traffic for years that if you leave a space between you and the car in front some jerk will cut in & cut you off. Sometimes they’ll cut in then deliberately slow down.
    So it is hard to maintain your distance.

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP November 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    following 2 inches away is how mormons show their love for fellow drivers

  • Koolaid November 25, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Around St George you must learn to watch your back.

  • Dan Lester November 25, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Don’t worry about your back. Watch in front of you. If an idiot cuts in, no big deal. Be nice and let him in. If you run into the guy in front of you, it is ALWAYS your fault to law and insurance company.

  • tc rider November 25, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    what is wrong with these idiots????????? What is wrong with the police department? Everytime I drive around here, I see people making turns without blinkers, tailgating, and texting, and I seen this all happen right in front of saint george law enforcement officers, and nothing is done. Just more news articles to write about.

    • Zonkerb November 25, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      That is because the police are busy hunting down people dancing on private property

  • Zonkerb November 25, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Well Mormons drive with just enough room for a Book of Mormon between cars as a rule of thumb

  • Zonkerb November 25, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Tail Gating is covered by Obozocare

  • Steve November 26, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Ever since moving to Utah 7 months ago I have been amazed at how courteous the drivers are in Cedar City, yet how crazy they are on the freeway. Tailgating at 80 miles an hour is absolutely suicidal. Yet even the driver’s license exam has a question about what causes accidents on the freeway and the answer is “driving too slow.” I guess when I am driving 75 in the slow lane and people are tailgating me I am driving too slow???

  • Herd November 26, 2014 at 9:01 am

    You get better gas mileage if you draft right off the bumper of the car in front of you, especially on the interstate at 80 mph!

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