ST. GEORGE — Three cars smashed into each other Thursday after one of the drivers attempted to swerve around some vehicles that were stopped in a road in St. George.
The incident happened at about 1:30 p.m. on E. Red Hills Parkway, St. George Police officer Andy Mickelson said. Two eastbound vehicles were stopped and waiting to turn left onto E. Middleton Drive when the driver of a Honda Ridgeline, also eastbound, was unable to stop in time before the reaching the two other vehicles. So he slammed on his brakes instead and swerved into oncoming traffic, Mickelson said.
A Mini Cooper coming from the other direction swerved to avoid hitting the Ridgeline driving down the wrong side of the road, which caused the collision between the Mini Cooper, the Ridgeline and a separate GMC Canyon that was also traveling westbound, Mickelson said.
“It was kind of a mess,” he said.
There were no serious injuries, but the airbags may have caused some burns to the driver in the Mini Cooper, Mickelson said. A citation will be issued to the driver of the Ridgeline.
“As to what that citation is, it’s still pending,” Mickelson said.
All three vehicles sustained enough damaged that they needed to be towed from the scene, which blocked all traffic on Red Hills Parkway for about 30 minutes. Police directed drivers on a detour on Middleton Drive to avoid driving on Red Hills Parkway while emergency responders cleaned up the scene.
The St. George Fire Department, also responded to the scene. 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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