Dump truck slams into SUV with 3 children on board

ST. GEORGE — A morning collision between a dump truck and an Oldsmobile SUV with three children on board sent the SUV careening onto its side Thursday.

A morning collision between a dump truck and a white Oldsmobile SUV with three children inside knocked the SUV on its side. St. George, Utah, July 14, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News
A morning collision between a dump truck and a white Oldsmobile SUV with three children inside knocked the SUV on its side. St. George, Utah, July 14, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News

At approximately 9:15 a.m., emergency personnel received reports of a collision at the intersection of Main Street/Blackridge Drive and Bluff Street.

Upon arrival, responders discovered a dump truck had collided with the passenger side of a 2001 white Oldsmobile SUV and knocked the vehicle onto the driver’s side, St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said.

The male driver of the SUV said he was driving east on Blackridge Drive and had crossed into the intersection on a green light when the dump truck — traveling north on Bluff Street — hit his vehicle on the passenger side and knocked his vehicle over, Trombley said.

The SUV was damaged on both its passenger and driver’s side.

The SUV had a woman passenger, as well as three children ages 5, 8 and 11. All of the passengers were examined and cleared by medical personnel on the scene. The driver of the SUV complained of pain in his left arm, but was examined and cleared by medical personnel as well.

The dump truck was driven by a man who was alone in the vehicle.

“The driver of the truck claimed the light had changed from yellow to red as he was approaching the intersection,” Trombley said. “He went to hit his brakes but could not stop in time. ”

Witnesses said they observed the dump truck running a red light as it entered the intersection, Trombley said.

Everyone involved in the incident was wearing a seat belt and properly restrained, Trombley said. No airbags were deployed in either vehicle.

St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance also responded to the incident.

The driver of the truck was cited for failure to obey a traffic signal.

Email: dgilman@stgnews.com

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