Failure to yield on Red Cliffs Drive sends 1 to hospital

St. George firefighters tend to the scene of a crash that happened on Red Cliffs Drive, St. George, Utah, Sept. 28, 2018 | Photo by Markee Heckenliable, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The driver of a minivan was transported to the hospital after colliding with a SUV Friday afternoon.

The driver of the white minivan was eastbound on Red Cliffs Drive when the driver of a westbound silver SUV turned left onto 2450 East, St. George Police Sgt. Tyrell Bangerter said.

“The driver of the SUV mistakenly thought the van was in the right turn lane and started to make her left turn in front of the van as it came through the intersection,” Bangerter said.

The driver was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center after informing officers and paramedics about chest, abdomen and knee pain.

Bangerter said there were no other occupants in the minivan and no other injuries reported. There was a small dog in the SUV that appeared unharmed.

The driver of the SUV was cited for failure to yield on a left turn. St. George Police, St. George Fire and Gold Cross tended to the scene.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Kilroywashere September 28, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Ok just an observation. Earlier this week I was headed into the Red Cliffs reserve and there was car shrapnel all over the road. I tried to find the accident in the news but to no avail. The third day I still noticed 5be shrapnel was still there. It had to be a radical accident. My conclusion, and this is for all of us, not all major accidents make the news. I would love for Paul to confirm this, but as the village idiot…. ok change that to fool, it is above my pay grade.

    • Paul Dail September 28, 2018 at 9:57 pm


      Thanks for the comment. And you have hinted at the topic of another of my planned editorials: accident coverage (I really should stop with all the spoilers).

      But until then, I can tell you that you are correct. We don’t have the resources to cover all the craziness that happens on the roads in Southern Utah – especially St. George 🙂 – in as timely of a fashion as we attempt to maintain, at least if we want our reporters writing on some other topics as well from time to time. However, we do have readers sometimes inquire about incidents we were unable to make it to, and we have often been able to provide them at least some details, if only to tell them if there were any injuries involved.

      Hope that answers at least part of your question.

      Paul Dail
      Editor in chief

      • DRT September 29, 2018 at 11:07 am

        Mr. Dail, I know that there have been some negative comments written about SGNews coverage of so many accidents. And I’ll admit that many of them look like the same accident over and over again, just with different cars and drivers.
        But I believe that this accident coverage is important. Instead of trying to cover up the idiots on the road, bringing them out to public attention is necessary. I’m not talking about naming names, just continuing on with what you are doing. Also FWIW, we are all “idiots on the road” at some time or other. But a lot of us do try to make that the exception, not the rule.
        Your news is doing a good job. Of course there is always room for improvement, but overall I think you folks do OK.
        It is refreshing to have something other than the local embarrassment of a news paper to read.

  • Kilroywashere September 28, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Oops, did I say pay grade. Sorry . No money involved. Just a fool. But I do care about the tortoises. I really do.

  • Kilroywashere September 28, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Paul, not kissing up, but I have to admit you are a class act and a journalist at heart. Thanks for your response. I learned something new. It must have been a pretty bad accident on Red Cliffs. Never seen a hub cap almost sawed in half. Still sitting there for anybody that wants a morbid souvenir.

  • Mike P September 29, 2018 at 11:39 am

    It would be impossible to report on every “failure to yield”accident here in the St. George area no matter how many reporters were available. The “Utah Left” is famous and is only increasing in number.

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