Chain reaction crash damages cars, slows traffic on Red Hills Parkway

ST. GEORGE — Red Hills Parkway was slowed for about an hour Monday evening as a chain reaction collision between three vehicles severely damaged two of them.

An accident on Red Hills Parkway Monday evening damaged three cars, two severely. St. George, Utah, May 30, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A collision on Red Hills Parkway Monday evening damaged three cars, two severely. St. George, Utah, May 30, 2016 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

“This afternoon officers were in the area on an unrelated call and they observed a three vehicle collision at the intersection of Middleton Drive and Red Hills Parkway,” St. George Police Sgt. Johnny Heppler said.

Heppler said a Ford Taurus heading northeast on Red Hills Parkway just before 8 p.m. slowed to make the left turn onto Middleton Drive and a Toyota Avalon stopped behind it. A Volkswagen Jetta came up behind and struck the Toyota Avalon, sending it into the back of the Ford Taurus.

A family of four was in the Volkswagen Jetta, five people were in the Toyota Avalon, and the Ford Taurus was occupied by the driver only. An ambulance was originally dispatched, but Heppler said only minor injuries were reported and medical transportation was refused.

The Toyota Avalon sustained the most damage, while the Volkswagen Jetta sustained front end damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. The Ford Taurus sustained minor rear-end damage and was able to be driven away.

Traffic was forced down to one lane with officers directing traffic for almost an hour.

The driver of the Volkswagen Jetta was issued a citation for following too closely. All occupants were wearing seat belts, Heppler said.

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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9 Comments

  • tcrider May 31, 2016 at 9:11 am

    that intersection is a complete hazard and its only a matter of time before someone gets killed, if it hasn’t already happened,
    someone had a bunch of garbage on a broken trailer without a wheel for sale right next to the intersection for about six months,
    and on the other side of the road there was a old mattress and other garbage for about eight months, the place looks like a absolute
    dump hole with the auto business always dumping water out of their driveway and running directly onto middleton drive, what a crap hole.

    • .... May 31, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      rider. it’s always business as usual until somebody gets killed, it’s standard policy

      • Real Life June 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm

        Are you talking to yourself again Dumpster?

    • xbcmc059 May 31, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Name one intersection in the St. George area that isn’t a “Complete Hazard.”

  • Bob May 31, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    the real question here: why would anyone want to drive a jetta?

    • ladybugavenger May 31, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      My first car in 1987 was a 1980 Jetta with a sunroof. That dam thing had nothing but trouble. Couldn’t fix the motor mount no matter how many times I took it in. I thought I was cool for sure 🙂

      • .... June 3, 2016 at 12:42 pm

        Hey ladybug you are cool. !!!!!!

  • .... June 1, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I’m still driving my Lamborghini around and my license plate is IH8TRealife. ha ha ha. !

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