ST. GEORGE — A California truck driver’s coffee stop had St. George police scratching their heads Sunday evening after the driver parked his semitrailer in a busy lane of traffic and then made an illegal U-turn which resulted in a collision with another vehicle.
Just before 7 p.m., the driver of the semitrailer decided to exit Interstate 15 and stop at Starbucks located at 158 N. Red Cliffs Drive for some coffee, St. George Police Sgt. Dave Williams said, and parked his 53-foot semitrailer in the right northbound traffic lane of Red Cliffs Drive.
“Apparently he felt that was the best place to park was in the middle of the lane of travel,” Williams said. “The explanation he gave us was there were other lanes to be used, and people could have used those.”
After the driver got his coffee, he got back in the illegally parked truck and attempted to make a U-turn in the middle of the heavily-traveled street and collided with a Mitsubishi Galant traveling south.
Gold Cross Ambulance was called to the scene as a precaution, Williams said, but no injuries resulted from the collision.
The truck driver was issued a citation for improper U-turn and impeding traffic, Williams said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Ed. note: Corrected address of incident.
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