3 sent to hospital after driver veers into oncoming car for ‘unknown reason’

A Buick Rainier is towed from the scene of a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Main Street and Fir Street, Cedar City, Utah, Feb. 2, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — A two-vehicle collision on Main Street in Cedar City sent three people to the hospital Saturday afternoon.

Map showing approximate location of a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Main Street and Fir Street, Cedar City, Utah | Image courtesy of Google Maps, St. George News / Cedar City News

The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. where Fir Street intersects with Main Street, adjacent to the Sportsman’s Warehouse parking lot. The crash involved a red 2004 Buick Rainier SUV and a blue 2007 Honda Civic.

Cedar City Police Cpl. Addison Adams said the two vehicles had been traveling in opposite directions along Main Street.

“The blue car was heading southbound and was in the turning lane, waiting to turn left onto Fir,” Adams told Cedar City News at the scene. “The red vehicle was heading northbound at about 45 miles an hour in the No. 2 lane, which is along the sidewalk on the far side of the street.”

“According to witnesses, for unknown reasons, (the SUV) crossed the lane of travel and hit the other car head-on,” Adams added.

A Honda Civic is towed from the scene of a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Main Street and Fir Street, Cedar City, Utah, Feb. 2, 2019 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

There was no evidence of alcohol or other signs of impairment, Adams said.

“But we don’t know why she left and just veered over across two lanes,” he added.

Adams said the driver of the SUV and both occupants of the Honda Civic were transported to Cedar City Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, including possible rib, neck or spine injuries.

Both vehicles sustained heavy front-end damage and were towed from the scene.

Citations or charges have not yet been issued but may be forthcoming, pending further investigation, Adams added.

Cedar City Fire Department personnel also responded and assisted with the cleanup of the scene. Traffic along southbound Main Street was restricted to a single lane for approximately half an hour while the scene was cleared.

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