ST. GEORGE — Drivers encountered slight delays during their morning commute Wednesday after a T-bone collision on Snow Canyon Parkway blocked westbound traffic for up to 45 minutes.
According to St. George Police officer Tiffany Atkin, first responders were called to the intersection of 1400 West and Snow Canyon Parkway after officials say a silver Honda Odyssey failed to yield to oncoming traffic.
The 17-year-old driver of the Honda was traveling north on 1400 West when the vehicle approached the intersection and moved into the inner-most lane, attempting to complete a left turn onto Snow Canyon Parkway.
As the driver of the Honda began to turn, a black Dodge Charger entered the intersection driving east on Snow Canyon Parkway.
The Honda drove out in front of the Dodge, which collided into the driver’s side of the Honda, rendering both vehicles disabled. The force of the collision caused airbags in both vehicles to deploy.
Atkin said Snow Canyon Parkway can be a dangerous road because most of the drivers do not abide by posted speed limits.
“Check and double-check and triple-check, and then when you think you’ve really checked, check again,” she said. “Left turns are dangerous. If you’re not comfortable, make a right and go down where it’s safe and then make a U-turn.”
Westbound traffic on Snow Canyon Parkway was re-routed and drivers traveling east were temporarily limited to one lane. Traffic was affected for less than 45 minutes.
The driver of the Honda sustained minor injuries to her arm, and the driver of the Dodge was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by family, although no injuries were apparent at the time of the incident. The driver of the Honda was issued a citation for two violations: failure to yield when making a left turn and driving without a proper driver’s license.
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