Wheels of semi roll over hood of car after driver turns too sharp

Washington City Police officers respond to a collision that occurred in the parking lot near 700 W. Telegraph Street, Washington, Utah, Dec. 21, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY – Traffic stalled for a short time Sunday morning near the intersection of 700 W. Telegraph Street in Washington after the wheels of a semitrailer rolled over the hood of a car when the driver reportedly made too sharp of a turn.

Just before 11:30 a.m., a man and his wife, traveling in a Toyota Avalon, were heading east in the parking lot near Chase Bank, Washington City Police spokesman Ed Kantor said. After the car stopped at the stop sign, a semitrailer, traveling north, began making a left-hand turn to head west, misjudged the turn, and clipped the front-end of the Avalon, Kantor said.

The Toyota Avalon is towed after a collision that occurred in the parking lot near 700 West Telegraph St. in Washington City, Utah, Dec. 21, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
A Toyota Avalon is towed after a collision that occurred in the parking lot near 700 W. Telegraph Street, Washington, Utah, Dec. 21, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

The driver of the Avalon, John Day, of St. George, said that when he saw the angle the semitrailer was headed toward him, he tried to put the car in reverse and get out of the way, but it was too late.

“Scared the heck out of me,” Day said. “It was coming up over the top of the car and I thought his duals were going to come right in the cab. And he just kept coming.”

When the collision occurred, Ronnie Morales, of St. George, said she was standing on the curb, just a few feet away, sipping on a cup of coffee.

“The semi cut it too short and ran over the top of the Avalon, crumpled the hood and tore off the bumper,” Morales said. “It sounded like a crunch and then glass shattering. Both driver’s eyes were as big as saucers. I could see the driver shrieking.”

No injuries were reported.

Washington City Police and Washington City Fire Department responded to the scene. Traffic was stalled for a short time while the vehicles were moved out of the roadway and the Toyota was towed from the scene.

No citations were issued because the collision happened in a parking lot which is private property, Kantor 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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25 Comments

  • My Evil Twin December 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Sounds to me like a couple of people not paying attention. If the Toyota driver was pulled out so far the semi couldn’t make the corner, that was not real smart. If the semi driver couldn’t see what was going to happen, that wasn’t real smart either.
    Just goes back to the rudeness and self-centeredness of some drivers here.

    • Ozark Rumrunner December 22, 2014 at 1:01 am

      Yeah the driver was probably busy posting a lie about a national charity that helps the less fortunate.. Once a liar always a liar

    • DesertBill December 22, 2014 at 7:23 am

      “If the Toyota driver was pulled out so far the semi couldn’t make the corner, that was not real smart.” And if the driver actually plowed into the truck going 90 mph that was not real smart either. But no where in the article does it say either thing happened.

      • My Evil Twin December 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

        Some things can be inferred by reading the rest of the story. At least for anybody with a modicum of intelligence.

        • Ozark Rumrunner December 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

          Well that leaves you out. I really loved it when you got caught telling a lie about Habitat for Humanity and they sure put you in your place didn’t they. LOL. I love it.. Once a liar always a liar

          • Idget December 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm

            Every time you post, no matter what name you are using, your lack of maturity and common sense just screams out. Why don’t you go play – in traffic.

  • Round and round December 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    The wheels of the semi go round and round, round and round, round and round. The wheels of the semi go round and round, all over the Avalon.

  • Joe Smith December 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    was it a good ol’ local boy or a long-haul trucker?

  • Meagan Leigh December 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Does this mean they don’t issue citations or make arrests for DWI in a parking lot because it is private property? REALLY!

    • Mud December 21, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Meagan, there are two things that you can be cited for on private property, DUI and reckless driving. You can get an DUI anywhere in Utah.

      • ICALLRaiseYa December 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

        How about parking in a handicap spot? Or just parking in the aisle when your sober than a church mouse?

  • mo ferguson December 22, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Distracted driving by truck driver.

  • sagemoon December 22, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Holy scariness!!!

    • Ozark Rumrunner December 22, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Right you are Robin.!! Quick to the bat cave Robin

  • Robb Willie December 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I hope Ms. Morales was misquoted. Perhaps the driver’s wife was the one shrieking. Be purdy embarrassing otherwise.

  • My Evil Twin December 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Hey Idget, quit picking on the baby. You might make him cry and fill his diaper all at the same time! Besides, he is MINE to mess with. I own him, and have for a very long time.

    • Evil twins mommy December 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Behave yourself you don’t own anything

      • Evil twins mommy December 22, 2014 at 6:55 pm

        Pssst by the way I know who idget is LOL nice try

        • My Evil Twin December 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm

          Well good for you. Now then, if you can just figure out your b*** from a hole in the ground. . .
          *Ed. Ellipses

        • IDGET December 23, 2014 at 2:09 pm

          You don’t know your butt from a hole in the ground, much less anything else

      • My Evil Twin December 22, 2014 at 8:33 pm

        Oh yeah, I own you by ALL of your aliases, silly boy.

  • Trucks Move America December 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Why would a truck driver be pulling into a mall parking lot are the dumb. Trucks are always a pain, they are dangerous and plug the freeway. They burn up the ozone. They’re horrible…..never mind I remember now. They only way we get food, cloths, fuel, home supplies, cars, or any other needed comodity comes by truck. And they trucking industry IS NOT subsidized by the government. That can’t be said for the companies of airlines and the trains, both of these industries cost the tax payers billions. So keep up the good work truckers keep America and old Santa Claus moving. Just pay attention while your driving.

  • Evil twins mommy December 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Hey idget LOL have a nice day

  • Knan December 29, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Ozark the rump ranger needs to lay off the drugzzz

  • Knan December 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

    News comments! This is not Facebook and all of the immature highschool comments get a facebook and go on there for crying out loud or go do something productive

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