Another rear-end collision in St. George

A gray Toyota four-door passenger car and a white Hyundai Sonata collided on 100 South at the intersection of Main Street in St. George, Utah, July 8, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Another two-car collision in St. George Friday evening joined the ranks of the nation’s most common type of collision reported on U.S. roadways.

Of the 6 million car crashes reported last year in the country, about 40 percent, or 2.5 million of them, were rear-end collisions, according to the National Safety Commission. 

Gray Toyota four-door passenger car after colliding with Hyundaion 100 South at the intersection of Main Street in St. George, Utah, July 8, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
A gray Toyota four-door passenger car collided with a Hyundai on 100 South at the intersection of Main Street in St. George, Utah, July 8, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

St. George Police officers were dispatched at 6:20 pm to the intersection of 100 South and Main Street, St. George Police Officer David McDaniel said.

Upon arrival emergency responders found a disabled white Hyundai Sonata in the eastbound lane of 100 South, with a dark gray Toyota 4-door smashed into its rear bumper.

Both drivers were out of their cars when officers arrived. Minor injuries were reported with one occupant in the Toyota suffering from a tongue that was bitten during the crash, McDaniel said.

White Hyundai Sonata being towed after collision on 100 South at the intersection of Main Street in St. George, Utah, July 8, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
A white Hyundai Sonata was towed after a collision on 100 South at the intersection of Main Street in St. George, Utah, July 8, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

After speaking with witnesses officers determined that the woman driving the Hyundai approached the intersection as the light was turning from green to yellow, he said, and the woman stopped before entering the intersection.

Meanwhile the man driving the Toyota thought the woman would go through the yellow light and increased his speed to make it through right behind her.

The man then slammed on his brakes once he realized the Hyundai was stopped, but was unable to avoid the vehicle and slammed into the rear of the Hyundai.

The driver sped up as he approached the intersection, closing the distance between the two vehicles even more, while at the same time the woman driving the Hyundai was braking, making the collision inevitable.

“That half second made all of the difference,” McDaniel said.

Accident scene at the intersection of 100 South and Main Street in St. George, Utah, July 8, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
Accident scene at the intersection of 100 South and Main Street in St. George, Utah, July 8, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

All occupants were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, and there was no airbag deployment.

Both vehicles suffered extensive damage and were towed from the scene.

The man driving the Toyota was cited for following too close, the officer said.

St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that every eight seconds there is a rear-end collision in the United States. Although the occupants in both vehicles involved can be injured, those in the front car generally suffer the worst injuries because they don’t have time to prepare for impact.

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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6 Comments

  • 42214 July 10, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Are we becoming the rear end capital of Utah?

  • .... July 10, 2016 at 10:04 am

    422 probably. but I’m sure dumbob will be along with another one of his Mormon conspiracies

    • 42214 July 10, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Better yet, godisdead will claim white cars are rear ending black cars in obvious act of racism.

      • Bob July 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm

        But in this case it looks like the black car was the racist

        • RealMcCoy July 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm

          But godisdead will scream that it is impossible for black cars to be racist, because they are disadvantaged and did not get all the options that the white cars got at the dealership.
          Furthermore, he will tell you to read your history about black cars, and demand that equal numbers of black cars be sold in relation to white cars, cuz….you know, racism and all…

  • .... July 10, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Maybe Elder dumbob and godisdead could start they’re own investigation unit !

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