Red-light runner triggers T-bone crash that sends 1 to hospital

Nissan is extensively damaged and a passenger is transported to the hospital during three-vehicle crash at intersection of Bluff Street and Main Street, St. George, Utah, Feb. 6, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE A passenger was taken to the hospital Wednesday as the result of a T-bone crash that was triggered by a driver running a red light at the intersection of Bluff Street and Main Street.

Two tow trucks respond to three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Bluff Street and Main Street, St. George, Utah, Feb. 6, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Just before 10 a.m., officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to the busy intersection where a three-vehicle collision involved a dark gray Dodge pickup truck, a red Nissan SUV and a tan GMC, St. George Police Sgt. Tyrell Bangerter  said.

The front-seat passenger in the Nissan was injured in the crash and transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment, while all other occupants reported they were uninjured, Bangerter said.

The Dodge was traveling south on Bluff Street when it ran a red light at the intersection with Main Street and was struck by the Nissan heading east from Blackridge Drive onto Main Street, according to police.

The impact spun the Dodge into the front of the GMC that was stopped in the northbound left-turn lane on Bluff Street.

“The Dodge driver didn’t see the red light before entering the intersection,” Bangeter said, “which is what triggered the T-bone crash.”

The collision blocked one northbound lane of Bluff and an eastbound lane of Blackridge as officers redirected traffic away from the crash.

The Nissan and the Dodge sustained extensive damage and were towed from the roadway, while the damage to the GMC was confined to the front of the vehicle, which remained operational and was driven from the intersection.

The Dodge driver was later cited for failing to obey a traffic control device.

Bangerter said that officers were taking the Nissan driver to the hospital to be with his wife who had been transported earlier.

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

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