1 driver taken to hospital after collision at new intersection

ST. GEORGE — A two-car collision Sunday morning left both vehicles damaged, with one driver being taken to the hospital.

A Lexus ES350 sits at the intersection of Mall Drive and 3000 East after causing an accident Sunday morning, St. George, Utah, April 17, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A Lexus ES350 sits at the intersection of Mall Drive and 3000 East after causing an accident Sunday morning, St. George, Utah, April 17, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

“At 11:09 we responded to the intersection of 3000 East and Mall Drive (where) two vehicles were involved in an accident,” St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said.

A Honda Civic was traveling north on 3000 East heading into Washington when it attempted to make a left turn onto Mall Drive, Holmes said. The driver of the Honda collided with a Lexus ES350 which was traveling south on 3000 East.

The driver of the Honda Civic, a man in his mid-20s, was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George with minor injuries, Holmes said. The female driver of the Lexus ES350, also in her 20s, complained of a sore neck but was not transported.

The driver of the Honda was not paying attention, Holmes said. He made a left turn and did not see the Lexus and the two vehicles collided head-on.

This is a newer intersection, he said, adding that lack of familiarity with the intersection was another possible factor.

Airbags were deployed on the Honda.

The driver of the Honda was cited for an improper left turn, Holmes said.

Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Units from the St. George Police Department, the St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the wreck. Holmes said the first responder on the scene was an off-duty fire captain who was able to block the intersection and secure the scene until other units arrived.

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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  • ladybugavenger April 17, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    “Lack of familiarity with the intersection…” Oh my! It’s an intersection. It works like other intersections. Not paying attention is the only factor.

  • Ladyk April 18, 2016 at 1:03 am

    They sure screwed up living in the fields by putting a big store in the middle of a field which required this new intersection. There are lots of accidents or near accidents here all the time and trying to get out onto Sandia is a pain. The whole reason we bought out here was for the slower paced life and less traffic, now we are hearing sirens and horns all the time. Then there are the deer that are being hit and are in a panic and trying to figure out how to cross the road. I almost had a big buck run into the side of my jeep. From everyone I talked to we were fine with having Smiths build on the other side of the bridge then they approved Lins. Why 2 stores basically across the street from each other? Then Smiths pulled their store and Lins went up fast. Can’t wait to see what else goes in there.

    Ok done with my rant. I hope everyone from the accident is going to be ok and that others can learn from it and be careful going into that area. It’s all new and there is a lot of traffic all going way to fast.

    • Hugh Jass April 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      I understand what you’re saying… but have you driven around out in Little Valley or in the area between Little Valley and the new Stucki Farms development? There are homes springing up faster than weeds! And the “brilliance” of the Washington City council has determined that they want to keep the ‘integrity’ of Washington’s main street, so there will be NO commercial development in Washington other than on Main street. Which is fine, EXCEPT it means that for all those folks in the new areas who may be wanting to buy a gallon of milk, there was nowhere to make their purchase without using a MAJOR traffic artery (River Road, Washington Fields Rd, or Brigham Rd) until Lins built their new store. Since I live on River Road, I’m extremely glad to have even a little of the congestion taken off that street.
      I wish St George would take a page out of the book of the Phoenix/Mesa metro area. When a new area gets approved for development, the commercial goes in first – usually a grocery or super store, a home depot, restaurants, etc. so that when those new residents move in, they don’t have to leave their neighborhood to do basic shopping. And they can get a job close to home to cut down on commute time and expense.

      • Ladyk April 19, 2016 at 12:53 am

        Hugh, interesting that you asked if I had been out in the little valley area lately as I was just out there last Thursday while working with my daughter to get her driving license hours in. I have to admit I was in shock. While many of the homes are beautiful I wondered where are all the people coming from and where are they working. I just can’t believe all of the new homes out there are bought already. Yes you are absolutely correct that there has been a great need for a grocery store, or 2, to help everyone who lives south of Harmons. I admit that having a store just a couple blocks from me, within easy walking distance, has made some things a lot easier. However I truly believe there were better places to put it.

        The lot next to the Summit has been begging to put a grocery store in there for probably close to 10 years. It would have been a great place to put a store and the development that has been planned for the area around the new Lins. The Summit lot is ready for a grocery based development which was not the case for the field Lins was put in. Plus I think something else is needed in the Little Valley/Bloomington hills area. They have had to travel way to far for groceries and the choices are limited to Walmart or Harmons. So you have a completely valid point. I just wonder why it wasn’t put in the lot ready for it 2 miles down the road. Now there are accidents in or around that intersection or the one on Mall drive & river road by the Maverik all the time. Is it a design flaw or something else. I would like to see more information about what is going to go in the remaining fields by Lins and what is being developed at the River road/1450 south intersection by The Summit.

        Again Hugh, you make great points and I hope you (assuming you live in that area) and the residents of Little Valley get something that is easier for you to get to for your shopping needs. It can sure make make.some things easier, just be careful what you wish for.

        Thanks for your polite reply and i hope you have a grest day ☺

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