Traffic diverted after vehicles collide on St. George Boulevard; Minor injuries reported

GMC service van struck while making a left-hand turn onto St.George Boulevard, St. George, Utah, March 2, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A two-car collision on St. George Boulevard just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday injured several people and blocked both westbound lanes for almost an hour.

Emergency personnel responding to the crash on St. George Boulevard and 500 East found a white GMC service van and a brown Chevrolet Suburban blocking the roadway, St. George Police Officer Colby Carter said.

GMC service van struck while making a left-hand turn onto St.George Boulevard, St. George, Utah, March 2, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
GMC service van struck while making a left-hand turn onto St.George Boulevard, St. George, Utah, March 2, 2016| Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

The driver of the GMC service van pulled out from 500 East onto St. George Boulevard to make a left-hand turn heading east, after a vehicle stopped in the lane closest to him and motioned for him to proceed, Carter said.

However, as the van pulled out to make the turn it was struck by a Chevrolet Suburban traveling westbound in the left-hand lane.  The woman driving the Suburban was unaware that another vehicle was allowing the van to proceed into traffic, he said.

The impact sent the vehicles spinning out of control until both came to rest, facing in different directions.

Brown Chevrolet Suburban after collision with GMC on St. George Boulevard, St. George, Utah, March 2, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
Brown Chevrolet Suburban after collision with GMC on St. George Boulevard, St. George, Utah, March 2, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

One occupant in the Suburban reported minor injuries and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for precautionary reasons, he said, while the driver of the van reported no injuries.

Both vehicles were rendered inoperable from the collision and were towed from the scene.

Westbound traffic lanes on St. George Boulevard were diverted at 700 East for approximately 45 minutes.

The driver of the service van was cited for failing to yield to cross traffic, Carter said.

The St. George Police Department,  St. George Fire Department, and Gold Cross Ambulance responded and tended to the accident.

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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  • DRT March 3, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I wonder if the driver of that van will end up suing the person who stopped, and motioned for him that it was safe for him to pull out. Obviously, it was not safe…

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