2 pickup trucks towed, 1 driver injured in rear-end crash

The driver of a dark blue Ford F-150 smashed into the rear bumper of a black Ford pickup truck Wednesday evening, injuring one driver, St. George, Utah, Oct. 26, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A rear-end collision between two pickup trucks on River Road sent one driver to the hospital Wednesday evening.

St. George Police officers and emergency personnel responding to a crash near the intersection of South River Road and St. James Lane found two Ford pickup trucks blocking the outside northbound lane of River Road, St. George Police Sgt. Heidi Palmer said.

An adult female driver of a dark blue truck apparently smashed into the rear bumper of a black truck during the collision that occurred shortly after 6 p.m. The injured driver of the black truck was still in the vehicle when emergency responders arrived, Palmer said.

The driver was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center while officers redirected traffic to the inside lane of River Road, which cleared congestion that was backing up quickly.

The driver of the blue pickup reported no injuries after the crash which left both vehicles disabled. The two trucks were subsequently towed away.

The rear-end collision added one more statistic to the 6 million car crashes that occur on U.S. roads every year. Nearly 40 percent or 2.5 million of those are classified as rear-end wrecks, according to a 2015 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or first responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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