Medical episode results in 2-car collision on River Road

A medical episode caused a collision on River Road, St. George, Utah, June 11, 2015 | Photo by Nataly Burdick, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A medical episode led to a traffic accident on River Road Thursday night when a minivan hit a car full of people.

A medical episode caused a collision on River Road, St. George, Utah, June 11, 2015 | Photo by Nataly Burdick, St. George News
A medical episode caused a collision on River Road, St. George, Utah, June 11, 2015 | Photo by Nataly Burdick, St. George News

Just after 9:30 p.m., the driver of a dark blue Nissan Quest was driving northbound on River Road, near St. James Lane, when he experienced a medical episode, drifted into oncoming traffic and clipped the back end of a southbound white Ford Focus, St. George Police Sgt. Rich Triplett said.

Triplett declined to specify the nature of the man’s medical issue.

While the driver of the Quest was the only one in his vehicle, the Focus had five occupants; two of them were juveniles.

Officers on scene checked the Quest’s driver for possible intoxication but found no signs that he was driving under the influence, Triplett said. The man was not issued a citation in connection with the incident.

While a Gold Cross Ambulance unit responded to the scene, no injuries were reported as a result of the collision, and no one was transported to the hospital.

Both cars were towed from the scene, although the damage was mostly contained to the Focus’ back bumper and a front corner of the minivan.

One southbound lane and the middle lane on River Road were blocked for about 45 minutes while the scene was attended to by responders.

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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6 Comments

  • ladybugavenger June 12, 2015 at 12:27 am

    “Medical episode” it could happen at any moment. And it can get you out of a failure to stay in own lane ticket, just sayin’ 😉

    • RealMcCoy June 12, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Maybe the poor guy in the toquerville accident needs to claim a ‘medical episode’. I don’t even understand why he was arrested. There is already a precident in that area that claims deaths involving negligence and vehicles is a no-fault accident.

  • old school June 12, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I don’t know what the law is regarding accidents due to medical episodes, though in my opinion the individual should have their license suspended until medically cleared by a qualified physician. There was a similar case a few weeks ago where the driver became dizzy and drove their car through a wall and into someone’s living room. Fortunately, there were no injuries, but both cases could have been alot more tragic than they were. The law shouldn’t wait for injury or lose of life before taking the appropriate steps to keep the streets safe, I hope tjey at least took some blood

  • 42214 June 12, 2015 at 11:06 am

    The simple act of driving in this town is the most dangerous thing you can do, period.

  • fun bag June 12, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    A “medical episode” is no excuse for reckless driving. Personal accountability is what’s needed…

    • sagemoon June 12, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      I’ve gotta agree with Fun Bag.

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