Crash on Bluff Street follows in wake of red-light runner

Two vehicles collide on Bluff Street when a driver runs a red light, St. George, Utah, Oct. 29, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE A driver attempting to beat the light on Bluff Street Monday morning triggered a crash that sent a shower of equipment and materials hurtling from the back of a work truck and left one driver with minor injuries.

St. George Police officer David Slack pushes on a car after two-vehicle crash on Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, Oct. 29, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Officers found the Camry partially blocking the outside southbound lane, while the pickup came to rest in a diagonal position blocking the entrance to Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George Police officer David Slack said.

Emergency medical crews arrived to find the man driving the Camry who sustained a small laceration to his head and arm. He was treated at the scene but declined transport to the hospital, while the pickup driver reported no injuries, Slack said.

At the time of the crash, the Camry was heading south on Bluff Street while the northbound pickup was in waiting the middle of the intersection waiting for traffic to clear to make a left turn into the mortuary.

Two vehicles collide on Bluff Street when a driver runs a red light, St. George, Utah, Oct. 29, 2018 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Just as the traffic light turned red, the pickup started into the turn and was struck by the Camry as it the continued south on a red light.

“The Camry driver was trying to beat the light, which didn’t work out,” Slack said.

The impact caused extensive damage to the Camry. Equipment, supplies and other items were thrown from the back of the pickup truck and scattered throughout the crash site.

Firefighters assisted the pickup driver in collecting and loading the items back into the truck before it was towed from the scene.

The driver in the Camry was later cited for failing to obey a traffic control device and his vehicle was also towed from the roadway.

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9 Comments

  • LocalTourist October 29, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Another reason why people cannot be trusted to follow traffic laws….

    Two words on resolving this sort of behavior: traffic cameras.
    Let the roasting begin.

  • old school October 29, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Good call, most cops would have cited the pickup driver for failure to yield

  • georgie October 29, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    Traffic cameras may let the police know who is at fault, but they won’t stop the accidents……
    Turn on green arrow ONLY, almost all the intersections in town are equipped with green arrow lights, why not put them to use.
    If going south on Bluff and turning on to the Blvd, isn’t that a green arrow only? How many of these accidents have happened at that intersection?

  • Redbud October 29, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    At least we can all appreciate the fact that the mortuary is right there at that intersection. If anyone tragically were to pass, they could just wheel them straight up the driveway directly into the embalming room.

  • Shorm October 29, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Stop. Running. Red. Lights.

    How difficult is this concept to grasp? Where you have to go is never as important as your safety and the safety of those around you. Never. Get over yourself and stop when the light is yellow/red. Don’t risk it.

  • KR567 October 29, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Oh my goodness golly gee willakers St George news posted picture of an auto accident, I sure hope the socially challenged doesn’t get offended by these photos…

  • KR567 October 29, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    I’m just glad the injuries were only minor. be careful out there folks

  • jh9000 October 30, 2018 at 4:54 am

    This town is full of folks who drive like their time is more important than anyone else’s.

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