ST. GEORGE — A woman escaped serious injury when her passenger vehicle collided with a double-trailer gravel truck Friday morning, leaving her car badly damaged, traffic snarled for 45 minutes and the truck driver cited for failure to yield.
At 7:40 a.m. officers and emergency responders were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at 1203 W. Sunset Boulevard that involved a burgundy four-door passenger car and a gravel truck pulling double trailers.
Officers found the passenger car in the median facing east, while the gravel truck was stopped in the median several yards away facing west, St. George Police Officer Jamison Hale said.
After speaking to both drivers, officers determined that the gravel truck was pulling out of the stone yard to make a left-hand turn onto West Sunset Boulevard and was struck by the passenger car traveling eastbound in the inside lane.
“The driver said as he was exiting the parking lot he stopped and made sure both directions were clear and then started to pull out onto Sunset,” Hale said.
The driver of the passenger car told police that she saw the truck pull out, Hale said, and started to slow down but thought the truck cleared her lane and was unable to see the second trailer due to the glare of the sun in her eyes.
Once she realized there was a second gravel trailer she slammed on her brakes but was unable to avoid hitting the rear driver-side wheel of the truck, and the impact sent her vehicle spinning in the roadway.
Hale also said the sun’s glare made it difficult for him to see as well while tending to the crash.
Neither driver reported any injuries, and the passenger car sustained extensive damage and was towed from the scene. The gravel truck remained operational with little or no visible damage and was driven from the median.
The driver of the gravel truck was cited for failing to yield when entering or crossing a roadway, the officer said.
Traffic was affected for approximately 45 minutes while responders tended to the scene and cleared the wreckage.
This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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