Truck wipes out stop sign, lands in ditch after 2-vehicle collision

A damaged Ford pickup truck is removed from a ditch near 2800 South and River Road, St. George, Utah, Feb. 12, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A pickup truck ended up in a ditch Thursday afternoon following a collision on River Road in St. George.

Emergency responders were called out to 2800 South and River Road at about 4:15 p.m. after a black Ford pickup truck collided with a white SUV.

The damaged Ford pickup truck stuck in the ditch by 2800 South and River Road, St. George, Utah, Feb. 12, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A damaged Ford pickup truck is stuck in a ditch near 2800 South and River Road, St. George, Utah, Feb. 12, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Just before the crash, the white SUV had been traveling  southbound on River Road. The driver, a woman, moved the vehicle into the turning lane and was making a left turn onto 2800 South and didn’t see the oncoming pickup, St. George Police Officer Tyrell Bangerter said.

“She saw it at the last minute and tried to stop, but it was too late,” Bangerter said.

The pickup hit the SUV, causing the vehicle to spin 180 degrees. The driver of the pickup, a man, lost control of the truck and it veered off the roadway, knocking over a stop sign at 2800 South. The truck then dropped into a ditch and collided with a fence.

The pickup driver, who was the sole occupant of the truck, had minor injuries, Bangerter said, but he refused medical transport via ambulance. The driver of the SUV and a passenger didn’t report any injuries, though the driver, who is pregnant, will be seeking medical attention on her own, he said.

Traffic was slowed on River Road just north of the Fort Pierce Wash bridge as police officers worked around the scene and took statements from a witness and those involved in the accident.

The SUV driver was cited for failure to yield, Bangerter said.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

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.

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5 Comments

  • BIG GUY February 12, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    What did either driver’s gender have to do with the story? (Yes, I read that one driver was pregnant but her gender appeared three paragraphs before that fact.) Would you include a driver’s ethnicity, religious affiliation and home neighborhood? I agree that a driver’s age might be relevant if it was thought to play a part in an accident, but more information than that leads to stereotyping.

    • ladybugavenger February 13, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      LOL…Big Guy, you know it matters

  • Pamela February 13, 2015 at 1:35 am

    There must be something in the water……..

  • Mesaizacd February 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    They should of taken a cab its cheaper

    • groanattack February 13, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      You are correct!

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