Confused driver crashes, takes out sign on Southern Parkway; STGnews Videocast

ST. GEORGE  —  An elderly woman became confused and crashed into a sign while driving on the Southern Parkway Wednesday morning.

At approximately 10:45 a.m. officers from St. George Police Department and Utah Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a one-vehicle accident near Exit 6 on the Southern Parkway.

A newer model grey Mercedes, driven by a 70-year-old woman, was traveling westbound on the Southern Parkway about one mile from the St. George Municipal Airport, when the driver became confused at the point where the highway becomes divided, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Joseph Pastor said.

To watch videocast, click play arrow  play-arrow  in center of image at top of this story

Not knowing which way to go, she collided with a road sign, shearing it off at the base and causing front end damage to the vehicle.

“This area is a little bit tricky, on both ends, just because it goes from a divided highway into a two-way (highway). That can become confusing if people aren’t aware of it, or if they’re not from the area,” Pastor said. “The speed was reportedly slow and the woman was wearing her seat belt,” Pastor said.

After the accident, the woman was able to get out of the vehicle on her own. She refused medical treatment and was not transported to the hospital.

St. George Police, two Highway Patrol troopers, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene, and no traffic delays were reported.

Ed. note: Corrected name of airport

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  • ScanMeister February 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Saint George International Airport……uhm…..must have had a promotion I missed.

    • Julie Applegate February 4, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you, that has been corrected.
      Julie Applegate
      St. George News

    • My Evil Twin February 4, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      May be due to all those drug flights from Mexico! 😀

      • One for the road February 5, 2015 at 1:51 am

        You must be exhausted after coming up with a comment like that. yeah better get some sleep the day care bus will be here at 6 am to pick you up.

  • laytonian February 4, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Yeah….like whenever *I* see a divided road, I just head right into the nearest road sign for ptoection.

    • indy-vfr February 4, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      I see many confused drivers in this town.

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