4-vehicle collision impedes traffic on southbound River Road

A Honda Civic sustains severe rear-end damage after a collision between it and three other cars on River Road, St. George, Utah, Dec. 22, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A four-car collision on River Road Monday evening was the result of a driver following too closely, becoming distracted and rear-ending another vehicle.

At 7:05 p.m., emergency responders were called to the scene of a collision which occurred at the 900 South and River Road intersection where four cars headed southbound on River Road were involved in an accident after a black Volkswagen Jetta rear-ended the car in front of it, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said.

A Volkswagen Jetta sustains front end damage after it rear-ended a Honda Civic on River Road, St. George, Utah, Dec. 22, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
A Volkswagen Jetta sustains front end damage after it rear-ended a Honda Civic on River Road, St. George, Utah, Dec. 22, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

The 17-year-old man driving the Volkswagen was following closely behind a Honda Civic as it approached the intersection, when he became distracted by a “handheld communication device,” Holmes said. The driver then hit the Honda Civic, pushing it into a stopped a Honda Accord, which in turn hit a Toyota Camry, he said.

The driver of the Honda Civic driver transported herself to the hospital for bumps and bruises received in the incident. No other injuries were reported nor was anyone attended to by Gold Cross Ambulance which was at the scene.

The Volkswagen sustained severe front-end damage and the Honda Civic had severe rear-end damage, and both were towed from the scene. The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry had minimal to no damage, Holmes said, and were driven from the scene.

The driver of the Volkswagen was cited for following too close, and for a handheld communication device distraction, Holmes said.

Both southbound lanes were blocked off and traffic was directed through the middle turning lane during the accident clean up, which took about 30 minutes, he said. The St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department, and Gold Cross Ambulance attended to the accident scene.

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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  • Evil twins mommy December 22, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    I’m just glad no one was hurt they can always get the cars repaired. A safe and joyous holiday to you all

    • ladybugavenger December 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Holy moly ETM you need a #fundraiser

  • getting flooded December 23, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Maybe the 17 year old was reading saint george news articles while driving. I bet his parents are as proud as punch!!!!

  • Dana December 23, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Holly, your writing has improved.

  • scared stupid December 23, 2014 at 7:06 am

    So this idiot kid is riding up somebody’s behind while texting? He deserves to get his a** whooped. Maybe that would help pull his head out of his rear.

  • Leo December 23, 2014 at 7:40 am

    “17 year old man” ???????

    • Koolaid December 23, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Why not? Aren’t 13 year old females adult enough to marry in these parts of the country?

  • tc rider December 23, 2014 at 9:58 am

    You know, with all the tailgating and text caused accidents around saint georrge, you would think that some of theses people gotta be getting thinned out by now.
    Juniors gona be washing dishes for a long time to cover this one.

    • DB December 23, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      I don’t think Junior is going to be driving for a while, figuring out how he’s going to pay the deductible and the about-to-skyrocket insurance payments.

  • Joe Smith December 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    This is how St George ‘mormon dominoes’ is played. Cars are used instead of actual dominoes.

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