Failure to yield causes collision; northbound traffic blocked on busy intersection

ST. GEORGE — One person was sent to the hospital after two cars collided on a busy intersection Thursday evening.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a collision on Dixie Downs Road, St. George, Utah, Jan. 5, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a collision on Dixie Downs Road, St. George, Utah, Jan. 5, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

At about 6:06 p.m., St. George Police were dispatched to Dixie Downs Road just north of where it intersects with Sunset Boulevard on a report of a collision.

The driver of a 2000 Honda Civic attempted to make a left turn into the adjacent Maverik gas station and crashed into a 2000 Pontiac Bonneville that was coming north through the intersection, St. George Police Officer Jamison Hale said.

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The driver of the Pontiac complained of arm pain and was transported to the hospital via Gold Cross Ambulance for treatment. No other injuries were reported and both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The collision resulted in a complete blockage of northbound traffic through the intersection for approximately 30 minutes. Traffic was diverted either left or right by St George Police officers with assistance from responders from St. George Fire.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a collision on Dixie Downs Road, St. George, Utah, Jan. 5, 2017 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a collision on Dixie Downs Road, St. George, Utah, Jan. 5, 2017 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

A citation was issued to the driver of the Honda for failing to yield on a left turn, Hale said.

Airbags deployed in both vehicles, and both sustained damage to the front end, rendering them inoperable. Both cars were towed away.

Rain and hail fell as emergency responders worked quickly to clear the intersection of leaked fluid and debris before opening the street to traffic.

The area is a frequent site of crashes.

“It is a busy intersection,” Hale said. “You’ve got to pay attention closely on this (road).”

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

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4 Comments

  • CaliGirl January 6, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Start citing drivers for crossing over double yellow lines! If it has a solid double yellow, you cannot cross over!

    • comments January 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      what does crossing over double yellow have to do with this????

  • .... January 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    LOL ! Yeah I’m sure this will stop them from crossing double yellow lines

  • knobe January 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I see an unusually high number of people making left hand turns in front of oncoming traffic that forces the oncoming car to brake / or not enough time to in this case .

    Does drivers ed here Not cover that ?

    Insurance companies should really jack their rates for people who cause accidents this way then
    advertise how they keep good drivers rates low by jacking the stupid drivers .

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