2 cars collide on Main; uninvolved car crashes into cement mixer minutes later

ST. GEORGE — Responders were busy Thursday after two crashes were reported within minutes of each other after one car slammed into the back of a cement mixer and two others collided in a busy intersection.

St. George Police officers redirect traffic away from a crash at the intersection of 700 South and Main Street, St. George, Utah, May 16, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of 700 South and Main Street. A blue Volkswagen passenger car and a white older-model Chevrolet were involved, St. George Police officer Berkeley Christian said.

Officers began diverting traffic as the heavily damaged vehicles were partially blocking both the eastbound lane of 700 South as well as the southbound lane of Main Street.

All occupants were checked by emergency medical personnel at the scene and were cleared after informing responders they were uninjured.

The Volkswagen was heading north on Main and continued through the intersection on a green light, striking the Chevrolet heading east on 700 South as it entered the intersection with a red light.

The Chevrolet was struck on the passenger’s side of the vehicle which spun it around the intersection before it came to rest in the eastbound lane of 700 South facing in the opposite direction.

The impact left the Volkswagen in the middle of the northbound lane of Main Street facing south.

The Chevrolet driver told officers she ran the red light, Christian said, a statement supported by a number of witnesses who stopped and spoke with police.

A passenger car rear-ends a concrete mixing truck on the Exit 6 off-ramp of northbound I-15 in St. George, Utah, May 16, 2019 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

The Volkswagen sustained extensive frontal damage and was towed from the roadway while the Chevrolet sustained passenger’s side damage but remained operational and was driven from the roadway.

Traffic was impacted for more than 40 minutes as the northbound lane of Main was completely blocked and all eastbound traffic on 700 South was diverted away from the intersection.

The woman driving the Chevrolet was subsequently cited for failing to obey a traffic-control device.

As responders tended to the Main Street scene, a second crash was reported on the Exit 6 off-ramp of northbound Interstate 15 involving a red Lexus and a large cement-mixing truck.

The truck was stopped at the intersection of Bluff Street and was struck by the Lexus, which was unable to stop in time.

There was damage to the front of the Lexus on the driver’s side near the headlight. The cement mixer sustained only minor damage.

No injuries were reported and both vehicles remained operational and were driven from the roadway.

St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene on 700 South while the Utah Highway Patrol and Utah Department of Transportation’s incident management team responded to the crash on the I-15 exit.

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


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