ST. GEORGE – A collision on Red Hills Parkway sent at least one person to the hospital and heavily impacted traffic Monday.
Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Red Hills Parkway east of the Bluff Street-Snow Canyon Parkway intersection shortly at 4:30 p.m., St. George Police Capt. Mike Giles said at the scene.
Police and other emergency responders found a blue truck and gray passenger car sitting in the westbound lane. Both vehicles were heavily damaged.
“Initial investigation indicates that a blue pickup truck that was eastbound on the parkway, for some reason, struck and jumped the curb (and) went airborne and hit a passenger car that was westbound at the same location,” Giles said.
“The driver of the westbound vehicle needed to be extricated by (firefighters) and had some significant injuries,” Giles said.
While the injuries were not deemed to be life-threatening, Giles said, the westbound driver was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center by Gold Cross Ambulance in serious condition.
The driver of the pickup was being treated by Gold Cross Ambulance medics at the scene while Giles spoke to St. George News.
Traffic along Red Hills Parkway was impacted from 1000 East to the Bluff Street intersection with multiple closures and traffic diversions between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Westbound traffic was completely shut down with diversions into downtown St. George at 200 East and 900 East. That caused delays at various points along the way.
Traffic diverted at 200 East wound up taking Diagonal Street to get to Bluff Street, which also caused some traffic congestion.
While congested at first, eastbound traffic on Red Hills Parkway was able to pass through with little interruption, Giles said.
Westbound traffic was kept closed while police investigated the crash site and tow trucks came for the wrecked vehicles.
Police are looking at all possible factors that could have contributed to the crash, Giles said. For the moment the cause of the crash is unknown.
The scene was eventually cleared and westbound lanes reopened by 7 p.m.
St. George Police and Fire departments and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene. The Utah Department of Transportation also aided with traffic control.
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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