Car slams into embankment off Red Hills Parkway in the early hours of 2019

St. George Police officers respond to a single-vehicle crash on Red Hills Parkway, St. George, Utah, Jan. 1, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — In the first St. George crash reported in 2019, a passenger car smashed hood-first into an embankment off Red Hills Parkway in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and officers and firefighters tended to the scene in 22 degree temperatures.

Honda smashes into embankment in a single-vehicle crash on Red Hills Parkway, St. George, Utah, Jan. 1, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Emergency personnel were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash on Red Hills Parkway just east of the Bluff Street-Snow Canyon Parkway intersection involving a blue Honda passenger car shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Upon arrival, officers found the Honda smashed into the side of an embankment several feet from the westbound lane of Red Hills Parkway, St. George Police Officer Gage Shimbeck said, adding that the driver reported no injuries.

Just before the crash, the Honda was  eastbound on Red Hills Parkway when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which veered sharply to the left before jumping the concrete median and then continued across both westbound lanes until it slammed into the embankment where it came to rest.

While officers tended to the scene, firefighters cleared rubble, dirt and debris that was thrown across the roadway when the car drove over the concrete median.

The car sustained significant damage and was subsequently towed from the scene. Shimbeck said there was no indication that alcohol played any role in the crash.

This report is based on statements from police or other responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Comment January 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Distracted driving? Tweenager with a phone in hand? No citation issued?

  • Carpe Diem January 1, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    This the third distracted accident on this stretch in a year or so? What gives, it’s the nicest stretch of road around, and the main thing that might bother you are stunning vistas. Texting? “Are you home yet”…… “No, but I am halfwa…..”

    • tazzman January 1, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      I agree it is far from a treacherous stretch of road. Maybe people take it for granted and think they can multi-task?

  • utahdiablo January 1, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Just another day in distracted land…get the hell off your cell phones….your not that important

  • Icomments2 January 2, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Wow everyone is so quick to blame a teen on their cell!!! I didn’t even read that he was distracted!!! And even a call was at play!!! This is the quickest judgment state I’ve ever lived in!!!

    • LunchboxHero January 2, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Good comment, but needs more exclamation points.

      • Comment January 2, 2019 at 11:57 am

        TRUE!!! at least another 3 after ‘wow’!!!

    • Carpe Diem January 2, 2019 at 9:39 am

      New Years Resolution: Read the, don’t be in it!

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