2 transported to hospital after collision

Two people were transported to Cedar City Hospital after a U-turn caused a two-car collision, 1500 E. Highway 144, New Harmony, Utah, Feb. 22, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George

CEDAR CITY — The driver of one car and the passenger of another were transported to Cedar City Hospital Monday morning after a U-turn attempt went awry in New Harmony, holding up traffic for nearly 45 minutes.

Two people were transported to Cedar City Hospital after a U-turn cased a 2-car collision, Old Highway 144, New Harmony, Utah, Feb. 22, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George
Two people were transported to Cedar City Hospital after a U-turn caused a two-car collision, 1500 E. Highway 144, New Harmony, Utah, Feb. 22, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George

At 8:46 a.m., Cedar Communications Center dispatched first responders to 1500 E. Highway 144, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Pratt said.

The driver of a white Toyota Sienna minivan had just finished dropping off children at a friend’s house whose driveway is on the south side of the highway, Pratt said. She then attempted a U-turn to head back towards New Harmony and was T-boned by an oncoming Toyota pickup truck.

The truck was heading east toward Interstate 15 when the accident occurred and swerved to avoid hitting the van, but she was unable to avoid the collision, Pratt said.

Two people were transported to Cedar City Hospital after a U-turn cased a 2-car collision, Old Highway 144, New Harmony, Utah, Feb. 22, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George
Two people were transported to Cedar City Hospital after a U-turn caused a two-car collision, 1500 E. Highway 144, New Harmony, Utah, Feb. 22, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George

There were two occupants in each vehicle. The driver of the minivan and the passenger of the truck were each transported to Cedar City Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulances.

Though not a medical professional, Pratt said that their injuries appeared to be fairly minor despite the fact that emergency crews had to pull apart the minivan’s sliding door on the driver’s side in order to extract the driver from the vehicle.  

The accident took up the entirety of the road and held up traffic in both directions for nearly 45 minutes before it was cleared.

The driver of the minivan was cited for failure to yield, Pratt said.

In addition to UHP, Iron County Sheriff’s Office, New Harmony Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance all responded to the scene.

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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