Dominoes on Dixie Drive overpass, crash due to common cause

A three-car accident on Dixie Drive Monday was caused by following too closely, St. George, Utah, Sept. 14, 2015 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A three-vehicle collision on the Dixie Drive overpass to Interstate 15 in St. George Monday morning was attributed to the one in the rear following too closely behind the others – something the police sergeant said causes more than half the accidents he sees in the city.

The accident happened about 9:30 a.m. when vehicles in the eastbound lanes were stopped at the light on the overpass. A man in a white Chevy work truck came up to the light and struck a Chevy Silverado pickup truck, pushing it into the back of a green Honda Accord.

The driver of the white Chevy truck was cited for following too closely, St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said.

“A little over half our crashes are (caused by) following too close,” Harding said. “A lot of them happen simply because the second vehicle back or the third vehicle back sees the light turn green and he pushes on the gas and he goes, and they’re still stopped. Concentrate on the vehicle in front, nothing else matters.”

The white Chevy sustained front-end damage, the Silverado had front- and rear-end damage and the Honda was heavily damaged in the rear.

All vehicles were able to be driven off of Dixie Drive into the Dixie Convention Center parking lot. The Honda, however, had to be towed from the parking lot.

No one was injured in the accident, Harding said, and all of the drivers were wearing seat belts.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement at the accident scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • anybody home September 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    It’s more than simply following too closely. It’s aggressive driving and, in some cases, distractions. I’ve traveled that road often and know well about the aggression among drivers. It’s an “outta my way” attitude that’s rife in southern Utah.

    • aviatormh September 14, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      It’s not out of my way it’s would you at least go the speed limit.

      • fun bag September 14, 2015 at 5:18 pm

        why are you so dumb? pls enlighten us…

      • anybody home September 14, 2015 at 5:51 pm

        Don’t put words in my mouth. I was always going the speed limit. It just wasn’t fast enough for the yahoos.

        • aviatormh September 15, 2015 at 9:33 am

          Sorry anybody home. I wasn’t trying to put words in your mouth I was talking from experience. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on red hills dr. and never gotten above 30 mph. The speed limit is 40. So what happens is people try to get around the slow car but can’t because some idiot is in the passing lane driving right next to another car and neither one are going 40. I don’t care if you want to drive slow but get OUT of the passing lane. You can get a ticket for that it’s called impeading the flow of traffic. The law reguarding that says get in the passing lane, PASS, and get OUT. KEEP RIGHT EXCEPT TO PASS! It’s the law!

          • fun bag September 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

            i can’t tell if ur a troll or if ur really this dumb. how old r u?

  • fun bag September 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm


  • Mean Momma September 14, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I loathe driving in St. George

  • Uncle Lenny September 15, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Like any big or growing metropolis, aggressiveness develops. It’s time to learn patience, courtesy and self defense. “Get your head out of tour apps.”

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