Water bottle reach spurs 3-vehicle crash, broken shoulder

ST. GEORGE — A woman was transported to the hospital with a possible broken shoulder Monday following a three-vehicle collision that was allegedly spurred by a reach for a water bottle.

Just after 11 a.m., a man in his mid-30s was driving a black Nissan Altima, traveling west over the I-15 overpass on Dixie Drive, St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said.

A woman was transported to the hospital following a three-vehicle collision on the Interstate 15 Exit 5 overpass, St. George, Utah, April 11, 2016 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News
A woman was transported to the hospital following a three-vehicle collision on the Interstate 15 Exit 5 overpass, St. George, Utah, April 11, 2016 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News

“He reached down for a water bottle and ended up drifting into the eastbound left turn lanes for the I-15 exit there,” Trombley said.

When the man drifted into the left-hand turn lanes, his Nissan Altima smashed into a maroon Suzuki SUV, subsequently pushing the Suzuki into a blue Land Rover that was behind it.

The woman driving the Suzuki suffered a possible broken shoulder during the crash, Trombley said, and was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to be treated for her injuries.

No other injuries were reported as a result of the collision, Trombley said.

The driver of the Nissan was issued a citation for careless driving along with a warning for improper lane travel.

Both the Nissan Altima and the Suzuki were totaled during the crash and were towed from the scene.

St. George Police, Utah Highway Patrol and Gold Cross Ambulance 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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5 Comments

  • Lastdays April 11, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    The ol’ water bottle reach excuse. It’s really code for: ” I was NOT texting officer. Really, I wasn’t “

  • Ron April 12, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Perhaps it is time to criminalize possession of water bottles in a vehicle, seeing how they seem to cause an over abundant amount of “accidents” in this area.

    • RealMcCoy April 12, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      “If we can save even ONE CHILD, we owe it to them to try.”
      If water bottles are going to cause these mass car accidents, then I support a law against all water bottles in vehicles. I’m not suggesting we take them all away- just some common sense water bottle restriction laws.
      Oh, and we need to refer to the water bottle cases of 24 as an ‘assault pack’.

      • .... April 12, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        assault pack ? oh pleeeeease get real

        • RealMcCoy April 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

          Hahaha. Yes, assault pack. Give it a scary label to villify it, just like they do to AR-15’s (assault rifle).

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