ST. GEORGE — Two vehicles fell victim to icy road conditions in a collision on Red Hills Parkway Thursday morning.
At about 8:26 a.m., a woman driving a 2006 Dodge Stratus was traveling eastbound on Red Hills Parkway near Skyline Drive when she pulled off to the right side of the road with uncertainty as to how to travel in the present icy road conditions, St. George Police Lt. Thad Feltner said.
A short time later, a Dodge Caravan, also traveling eastbound, lost control as it came upon the Stratus and hit its rear end, Feltner said.
One occupant was treated for minor injuries at the scene but was not transported to the hospital. Feltner was not able to confirm which vehicle the individual had been riding in and no other injuries were reported.
The Caravan sustained severe damage to the driver-side front end and tire while the Stratus had moderate rear-end damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.
The road conditions were among the contributing factors to the accident and eastbound lanes of Red Hills Parkway were shut down for about an hour until Utah Department of Transporation employees were able to spread road salt along the parkway, Feltner said.
The woman driver of the Caravan was cited for driving faster than speed for road conditions and for failure to obtain a driver’s license, the officer said.
Feltner said UDOT employees have been a big help in attending to the icy road conditions due to the snow storm on Wednesday.
“They have really helped us out from last night and today,” he said. “They got right out and scattered road salt along the bridges and other areas to keep everyone safe while traveling in these conditions.”
Feltner said the road crews were prepared as they had ordered road salt months prior to the storm’s occurrence.
St. George Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, UDOT, 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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