Driver mistakes gas for brakes as SUV is launched into office on Dixie Drive

ST. GEORGE — One bystander was injured when an SUV crashed into the front of an office building on South Dixie Drive Monday morning — the second vehicle to crash into a building since Sunday.

St. George Firefighters responding to crash involving a Ford Explorer that crashed into front of physical therapy office on South Dixie Drive in St. George, Utah, Sept. 11, 2023 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

Shortly before 9:30 a.m., officers and emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash reported at a physical therapy business located in the 1600 block of South Dixie Drive in St. George.

According to initial reports, a dark-colored Ford Explorer had crashed into the building, and when responders arrived they found the SUV sitting inside the building after crashing through the large plate glass window and entry door to the business.

St. George Police Officer Tiffany Mitchell told St. George News an 83-year-old driver was not injured in the crash, while a bystander who was inside of the therapy office sustained some scratches and minor injuries but declined transport to the hospital.

Mitchell also said that the driver told officers he hit the gas instead of the brakes, which sent the SUV crashing into the front of the building where it came to rest near the front office.

This is the second incident in which a vehicle crashed into a structure in less than 24 hours in St. George.

File photo of a truck on its side after it crashed into a home in St. George, Utah, Sep. 10, 2023 | Photo by Jessi Bang, St. George New

On Sunday afternoon, officers responded to a report that a truck had crashed into a home on South 490 West, and they arrived to find the truck tipped onto its side — and a driver that had crawled out of the truck to safety shortly after the crash.

Mitchell told St. George News on Sunday that just prior to the crash, the driver was coming around the corner and reached down to grab something, and then he proceeded to hit two stop signs before slamming into the house. The homeowner was not home at the time and the pickup driver sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The Monday crash shattered the glass entrance door and destroyed the large plate glass window in front of the business, as well as damage to the front of the structure.

Mitchell said the driver was later cited in connection with the negligent collision, while the Ford sustained frontal damage and no other injuries were reported.

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

St. George News reporter Jessi Bang contributed to this report.

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