Updated at 2:00 p.m., Dec. 28, 2014
ST. GEORGE – Two cars exiting Interstate 15 collided on the Dixie Drive Interchange at Exit 5 in St. George Saturday, resulting in one of the drivers being taken to the hospital.
At approximately 12:15 p.m., a white Toyota Prius traveling southbound on I-15 took the off-ramp onto the Dixie Drive Interchange and was turning eastbound onto Dixie Drive when it was struck by a red passenger car, St. George Police Lt. Thad Feltner said.
The red passenger car had also been on I-15, though traveling northbound. It entered the Dixie Drive Interchange, with the car’s driver also intending to turn east onto Dixie Drive. As the red car traveled down the off-ramp, its brakes allegedly failed and the vehicle ran through the stop sign at the end of the ramp. The side of the red car was hit by the oncoming Prius, and the impact caused one of the cars to knock over a sign in the median. Both cars came to a stop in the middle of the intersection, Feltner said.
Christopher Reeves, of Heber City, who was gathered with other family members on the side of the road, said his mother and daughters, ages 6 and 11, were in the Toyota Prius when the accident happened. He said they weren’t injured but were shaken up by the crash. Members of the Reeves family arrived at the scene shortly after being alerted about the incident.
The man driving the red passenger car was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by Gold Cross Ambulance.
Feltner said the driver of the red car had sustained possible injuries to his head and stomach area, but he did not known the extent of the injuries at the time of this publication. The car’s other occupants, identified by Feltner as the driver’s wife and a younger girl who may have been their daughter, did not require medical transportation.
Eventually, Feltner said, the driver of the red car will likely be cited for running through the stop sign.
The outer westbound and eastbound traffic lanes on the Dixie Drive Interchange largely remained open to passing motorists as responders worked to clear the scene. Both cars had to be towed away.
The St. George Police and Fire departments and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the incident.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Missing pet found to be released to wrong owner
The family who was in the red passenger car originally reported that a small dog named Pippy, the family’s pet, was in the car and runaway scared after the crash and asked for the public’s help in locating her. Pippy was located safe and unharmed shortly before 6:30 p.m. Sunday morning it was reported by Kathy Roberts that a person posing as her daughter picked up Pippy Sunday morning. The dog is still missing.
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