‘Just saw the front end’: 2 go to hospital after collision in downtown St. George

ST. GEORGE — Two men went to the hospital after a two-vehicle collision in downtown St. George on Tuesday afternoon.

A low-impact collision on Main Street sent two men to the hospital, St. George, Utah, June 6, 2023 | Photo by Nick Yamashita, St. George News

St. George Police Officer Eric Trombley said the low-impact collision occurred as a black Ford F-150 was pulling out of a parking lot between Homeside and Paleta’s Gourmet Creamsicles near 75 S. Main St.

Trombley said the driver of a white Chevy Silverado was heading south on Main when the driver of a Black Ford F-150 pulled out in front of the Silverado.

The driver of the Silverado said he “just saw the front end” of the F-150 and braked hitting the tail end of the F-150, spinning the vehicle around.

“Both drivers were able to talk and were coherent enough to give insurance information and details,” Trombley said.

He said there appeared to be no serious injuries, but both chose to go to St. George Regional Hospital. The middle-aged man in the F-150 had his wife pick him up and take him to the hospital. The older man in the Silverado was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance.

The status of their injuries is unknown at this time.

The visible damage was minimal, but Trombley said the F-150 suffered a bent rear axle, resulting in a call for a tow truck. The Silverado was parked with little damage to the front bumper of the vehicle to be picked up later by the owner.

“It could have been a lot worse if the Silverado was going 30 miles per hour and if he (the F-150 driver) had come out at just a half second more of speed would have hit his driver side and not the rear,” Trombley added.

The parking is sown where a F-150 pulled out from in front of a Silverado causing a collision, St. George, Utah, June 6, 2023 | Photo by Nick Yamashita, St. George News

Trombley said it is important to be fully aware when driving around areas where vehicles are parked on the sides of the street and visibility of people pulling out of side streets and parking lots is limited.

Traffic was affected from about 3:30-4:15 p.m. with the northbound lane closed from the roundabout at Tabernacle to St. George Boulevard. Traffic in the southbound lane remained open with minor stops to allow emergency vehicles access and exit from the scene.

St. George Fire Department also assisted.

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

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