Driver mistakes green light for green arrow, collides with truck

A Ford F150 truck collides with a Nissan Murano at the intersection of Blackridge Drive and Hilton Drive, St. George, Utah, May 25, 2018 | Photo by Markee Heckenliable, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Police cited a man for failing to yield after he mistook a green light for a green arrow on a traffic signal and turned in front of an oncoming truck Thursday afternoon.

The man was driving a dark blue Nissan Murano westbound on Blackridge Drive and attempted to turn left onto Hilton Drive, while a white Ford F150 was eastbound through a green light.

The driver of the blue Nissan was cited after this collision at Blackridge Drive and Hilton Drive, St. George, Utah, May 25, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

“The Nissan Murano was attempting to make a left-hand turn and said he thought he had a green arrow but only had a green ball,” St. George Police officer Andy Mickelson said. “The Murano failed to yield to the right of way in the left turn and turned in front of the F150 causing the collision.”

There were no injuries and only the one citation was given.

There were 41,000 citations issued in 2016 at the scene of crash with 11 percent of due to failure to yield the right of way, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety.

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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1 Comment

  • Jubilation May 27, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Perhaps some of these “left turn at signaled intersections” accidents could be avoided if the signals throughout the city were all the same. It seems a blinking yellow arrow signal for left turns in oncoming traffic would be much more appropriate than the solid green globe light. It’s always been my understanding that Red means stop, yellow – caution, and green -go.


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