Driver flips truck while trying to avoid collision

The aftermath of a three-vehicle collision on Main Street that occurred when the driver of a pickup truck was unable to stop for traffic ahead of him. Cedar City, Utah, April 10, 2017 | Photo by Tracie Sullivan, Cedar City / St. George News

CEDAR CITY – A three-vehicle collision on Main Street Monday resulted in one of the vehicles getting flipped onto its side and one person being sent to the hospital.

Sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in the area of Main Street just north of 400 South, two vehicles ahead of a pickup truck were slowing to avoid hitting traffic slowing ahead of them.

The pickup’s driver tried to slow and avoid hitting the second vehicle, but was unsuccessful, Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said.

The pickup truck ended up hitting the second vehicle and pushed it into the vehicle ahead of it. The pickup driver’s attempt to avoid hitting the second vehicle also resulted in the truck flipping on its side.

Several high school-aged individuals were involved in the incident, Womack said.

While the majority of those involved were also left unharmed by the collision, a passenger from one of the vehicles was taken to Cedar City Hospital for minor injuries.

No citations were issued in connection with the collision.

Cedar City Fire and Gold Cross Ambulance also responded to the scene.

Following the initial report of the crash, Cedar City resident Brigette White contacted St. George News / Cedar City News with an account that differs from what the police initially reported.

The cause of the triple-collision, White said, was a dark-gray or black Chrysler 300 that sped past the three other vehicles and suddenly a made a right turn in front of them, causing the lead vehicle’s driver to hit the brakes in order to avoid hitting the Chrysler.

The lead vehicle was a Toyota Tacoma, followed by a Ford Ranger, which was followed by a 1960s Chevy driven by White’s son.

The action caused the chain-reaction of the Tacoma’s driver hitting the brakes while the Ranger’s driver tried to do the same. The driver of the Chevy tried to avoid the Ranger by veering to the left, but clipped back of the Ranger as he did so, causing it to flip on it’s side.

Approximately eight teens were involved in the incident with one sent sent to the hospital via ambulance for examination.

The involvement of a Chrysler 300 was not mentioned in the original crash report, Womack said when asked about White’s account of the event.

Due to the lack documentation about a Chrysler 300 allegedly being involved, plus other factors surrounding the original report, White said she is “disappointed in the way this was handled.”

Ed note: Updated April 17, 2017 with Brigette White’s comments.

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