Collision marks 233rd wreck of 2017, possibly reflects 2nd highest cause of intersection crashes

Black Volkswagen Passat suffers extensive damage during two-vehicle collision on W. 600 South near the corner of Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, Feb. 10, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A Friday morning commute to the office was interrupted after a wide right turn resulted in two damaged vehicles and brought several officers and responders to a large scene. The incident marked well over 200 crashes in the St. George city limits already this year.

Just after 9 a.m. officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to a crash on W. 600 South near the corner of Bluff Street involving two vehicles, a silver Ford pickup and a black Volkswagen Passat, St. George Police Officer Ken Childs said.

Silver Ford pickup truck sustains front-end damage after being struck by Volkswagen Passat in two-vehicle crash on W. 600 South near the corner of Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, Feb. 10, 2017 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Upon arrival officers found the extensively damaged Volkswagen in the westbound lane facing east, with the Ford resting nearby. After checking both drivers for injuries, officers set out to determine the cause of the crash, Childs said.

The investigation showed that the woman driving the Volkswagen was heading north on Bluff Street and made a wide right turn onto W. 600 South, Childs said. The turn was wide enough that the driver, who stated she was intending to turn left of 600 South into a parking lot, actually ended up in the other lane of travel.

Meanwhile, the man driving the Ford was heading west on W. 600 South and was struck by the Volkswagen as it entered his lane, Childs said. The impact that sent the Volkswagen spinning in the roadway until it came to rest facing the wrong direction. Childs said the driver of the Volkswagen probably didn’t see the truck coming from the opposite direction.

Nationally, 97 percent of all crashes occurring at or near an intersection are caused by a single driver error, according to a 2010 study conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Additionally, intersection-related crashes are almost 335 times as likely to be caused by “turning with obstructed view” than in nonintersection-related crashes. The second highest cause is for “inadequate surveillance.”

Friday morning’s wreck marks the 233rd crash for this year, St. George Police traffic Sgt. Craig Harding said.

The Ford sustained moderate front-end damage and remained operational, while the Volkswagen was significantly damaged and was towed from the scene.

“The airbags deployed in the vehicles and both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash,” Childs said. “The driver of the Volkswagen was cited for improper lane travel at the scene.”

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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  • comments February 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I can imagine a “wide right turn” caused by a cellular device in one hand.

    • Henry February 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

  • Proud Rebel February 10, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    From the article: “The second highest cause is for “inadequate surveillance.”…
    Guess it is pretty hard to “survey” much of anything, when there is a case of “Anal/Cranium Inversion.”

  • youcandoit February 10, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Yes people that can’t put down their phones and idiots that don’t know how to come to a complete stop at the stop sign it doesn’t mean yield people.

  • Thecadean February 10, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Just another pickup truck. I just noticed most every one of these accident scenes has at least one pickup truck in it.

    • Lastdays February 10, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      One thing I’ve noticed with all these crash stories is that every vehicle had a human behind the steering wheel. So maybe I’m reaching here, but I believe all these crashes are human error caused by one or both parties involved.

  • utahdiablo February 10, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Let’s see here…233 crashes in 41 days so far this year, that’s 5.68 wrecks a day, come on St George, you can do much more damage if you put your heart and mind into it…oh that’s right, your not using your mind are you…get off you …* your not that …* important….if you hit me or mine? I’ll own your …* and your Great Grandkids …* for all time
    Ed. ellipses: …*

  • .... February 11, 2017 at 12:54 am

    This is the effects of global warming

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